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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No trivia or quizzes yet. Politics and economicsPolitical theoryPhilosophyEthics. David Galant rated it liked it Apr 17, My library Help Advanced Book Search. Shklar’s “liberalism of fear” is a particularly interesting concept Added to PP index Total downloads 56of 2, Recent downloads 6 months 6 91, of 2, How can I increase my downloads? Dan rated it really liked it Feb 28, Ken rated it it was amazing Aug 09, Hypocritical and limited in scope; the vices that she describes need expansion.

Sincerity, Solidarity, and Deliberative Commitment. To all this Shklar says a firm No, insisting that we must combat cruelty as our worst enemy, because it engenders fear, which ia the “”ultimately evil moral condition”” and makes it nearly impossible to avoid other, lesser vices.

Mar 25, Elizabeth added it. Contact us for rights and issues inquiries. Ronnie rated it liked it Nov 17, 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 vlces and inhumanity.

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