ORDINARY VICES by Judith N. Shklar. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press , Pp. This handsomely produced book is not quite as satisfying to. The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and. Judith Shklar’s Ordinary Vices is a wise, clever, thoughtful book about the danger and the value of various personal vices – cruelty, hypocrisy.

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There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Philippa Foot – – Oxford University Press. The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books. One might say that the former vulgarian, but not the latter, is necessarily misinformed. The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and misanthropy–are merely treacherous shoals, flawing our characters with mean-spiritedness and inhumanity.


Dan rated it really liked it Feb 28, Meditations for modern liberals: Nevertheless, Shklar was–and remains–one of the best theoretical writers in all of political philosophy, and this book was an eye-opening read during my junior year. The trouble is even worse than he realises. Cesare Beccaria and the Cruelty of Liberalism: Kerry rated it really liked it Feb 19, Aristotle on the Vices and Virtue of Wealth.

Ordinary Vices by Judith N. Shklar

Want to Read saving…. David Galant rated it liked it Apr 17, It also explains and in a fairly unassertive style defends a certain view of society and politics, a liberal view, in terms of which these vices can be ordered and understood. Cheyney rated it really liked it Aug 09, Her masterpiece, and a must-read for anyone concerned ordinagy either American political philosophy or the history of ideas.

Shklar’s “liberalism of fear” is a particularly interesting concept A few worthwhile thoughts scattered, but no real sustained shkoar at persuasion that these vices cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, misanthropy ought to be avoided above all others.


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Udo Pesch – – Science and Jduith Ethics 21 4: Interesting, but often wayward, discussion of a peculiar set of human vices. Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

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