The Good Rebel: Understanding Freedom and Morality

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Fairleigh Dickinson Univ Press, 2002 - 326 pages
"The Good Rebel is unique because it provides a novel perspective on the issue of freedom. Instead of limiting itself to a critique of the prevalent view, it provides a positive alternative to more subjective accounts of human achievement. It also situates modern issues and ideas in a broad social and historical context, borrowing ideas and examples from many different cultures, times, and places. The question of individual freedom is presented, not as a technical, academic concern, but as a public issue which concerns us all. In line with the pragmatist tradition, The Good Rebel provides a descriptive account of ethical striving that faithfully represents the values and beliefs that motivate ordinary people's lives." "The Good Rebel will interest readers in philosophy, political and social theory, psychology, literary criticism, contemporary culture, and the history of ideas."--BOOK JACKET.

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Contents

Morality and Rationality
27
A Different View of Morality
41
A Different View of Rationality
58
Morality
103
The Immoral Autonomous Agent?
105
Comprehensive Morality
119
Morality and Autonomy
154
Normative Accounts of Freedom
192
Rebellion
219
A Theory of Rebellion
221
Negative Liberty
249
Notes
274
Bibliography
303
Index
319
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