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In Face of the Facts

In Face of the Facts
Moral Inquiry in American Scholarship

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Richard Wrightman Fox, Robert B. Westbrook, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Marion Smiley, Owen Flanagan, Jane Kamensky, Wayne C. Booth, Karen McCarthy Brown, Robert A. Orsi, Alan Wolfe, Joan C. Williams
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  • Date Published: November 2002
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521628877

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  • Recently there has been a renewed interest in moral inquiry among American scholars in a variety of disciplines. This collection of accessible essays affords a view of the current state of moral inquiry in the American academy, and it offers fresh departures for ethically informed, interdisciplinary scholarship. Seeking neither to reduce values to facts nor facts to values, these essays aim to foster discussion about inquiry and moral judgment, and demonstrate that moral inquiry need not be either dispassionate and value-free or moralistic and preachy.

    • Brings together a range of disciplinary perspectives on moral inquiry
    • Accessible and thought-provoking discussion
    • A view of the current state of moral inquiry in the American academy
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    "...each paper is excellent, equally insightful about 'moral inquiry' in general and in the particular discipline discussed." The Virginia Quarterly Review

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    • Date Published: November 2002
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521628877
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. Pragmatism, science, and moral inquiry
    2. Political theory and moral responsibility
    3. Moral inquiry within the bounds of politics: a question of victimhood
    4. Moral confidence: three cheers for naturalized ethics
    5. Fighting (over) words: speech, power, and the moral imagination in American history
    6. 'Of the standard of moral taste': literary criticism as moral inquiry
    7. The moral force field of Haitian Vodou
    8. Snakes alive: resituating the moral in the study of religion
    9. Social science and the moral revival: dilemmas and difficulties
    10. Religion, morality, and other unmentionables: the revival of moral discourse in the law.

  • Editors

    Richard Wightman Fox, Boston University
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    Robert B. Westbrook, University of Rochester, New York
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    Contributors

    Richard Wrightman Fox, Robert B. Westbrook, Jean Bethke Elshtain, Marion Smiley, Owen Flanagan, Jane Kamensky, Wayne C. Booth, Karen McCarthy Brown, Robert A. Orsi, Alan Wolfe, Joan C. Williams

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