The Lesser Good

The Lesser Good : The Problem of Justice in Plato and Levinas

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The Lesser Good represents a timely meditation on the incapacity of mere laws and state politics to adequately address the ethical exigencies that arise in human life. Through the philosophies of Plato and post-Holocaust phenomenologist, Emmanual Levinas, Hamblet demonstrates that state models of justice strive for the lesser good of ordered continuity of their forms, rather than promoting citizen internalization, of the "higher goods" of ethics-humility, self-overcoming, and compassion for the weak and suffering.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 130 pages
  • 157.48 x 220.98 x 15.24mm | 226.8g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739127616
  • 9780739127612

About Wendy C. Hamblet

Wendy C. Hamblet serves as a Research Fellow at the Dominican University College, Ottawa, Canada, and teaches Contemporary World, Moral Issues, and Genocide Studies at North Carolina A & T State University.show more

Table of contents

Chapter 1 1. Introduction Chapter 2 2. Ethics as "First Philosophy" Chapter 3 3. The Time of Ethics and Justice Chapter 4 4. Ethics and the Places of Justice Chapter 5 5. The Nature of Subjectivity Chapter 6 6. The Nurture of Ethics and Justice Chapter 7 7. Justice Misplaced and Out of Time Chapter 8 8. Resolving the Mystery of Unethical Justice Chapter 9 9. Between Ethics and Justiceshow more