by Avishai Margalit, translated by Naomi Goldblum The Decent Society is both a commentary on, and an alternative to, our prevailing. Review of the Book The Decent Society, A. Margalit, [REVIEW]W. J. Witteveen – – Nexus Review of The Decent Society by Avishai Margalit. Download Citation on ResearchGate | Avishai Margalit: The Decent Society. | The title of this book will surely pique the interest of political philosophers who.

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Avishai Margalit

The ideal of the just society is a sublime one but hard to realize. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Memory forms a large part of our relationships, and a faulty memory damages the quality or strength of our thick relationships. Sign in to use this feature.

How to maralit decent, how to build a decent society, emerges out of Margalit’s analysis of the corrosive functioning of humiliation in its many forms.

Margalit shows that decency is a strong moral concept in its own right. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. The book is morally passionate, but free of rancor; it is sympathetic across a wide range of contending views, but clearly self-possessed.

That [the] experience [of humiliation] should be combatted is, in his view, one of the basic positions of any morality, not a conclusion that needs to be argued for.

When an alleged traitor is caught between two competing deserving loyalties, he will be regarded by one side as a traitor and by the other as a hero. During his years of study he worked as an instructor in decet youth village, working with immigrant children who arrived with the mass wave of immigration in the s. The book [17] takes up the question of the duties of memory. The avisyai examines central historical examples, like the Great Compromise that paved the way for the US constitutionwhich accepted the institution of slavery despite its inhuman, cruel and humiliating nature.


He argues in a concrete way in the spirit of Judith Shklar and Isaiah Berlin. In the 20th century it can be traced to fascism — prominently in its German and Japanese varieties — on the one hand, and to communist Maoism on the other. The decent society is a necessary prelude to a just society according to Margalit, and a decent society is one that does not humiliate those who depend on it.

But if tolerance will avoid humiliation, and can be achieved, he is content to settle for that pro temps A decent society would have more books like A Decent Society.

Michael Ignatieff Times Literary Supplement Within philosophy much of the current thinking is in reaction to John Rawls’ A Theory of Justice, where justice is the principal value to be striven for. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. A decent society strives to eliminate the institutional humiliation of its members, which robs them of their self-respect or control over their lives.

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Isabelle margalot it really liked it Nov 04, Harvard University PressJan 13, – Philosophy – pages. Harvard University Press Amazon. Avishai Margalit builds his social philosophy on this foundation: Social Theory and Practice 24 3: Learn more about Amazon Prime. Martine rated it liked it Dec 09, Explore the Home Gift Guide.

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He identifies four main types of betrayal, belonging to four spheres of human experience: This is a social philosophy that resists all those menacing labels that promote moral laziness, just as it urges us to get beyond the behavior that labels other human beings.


This is a deeply felt book that springs from Margalit’s experience at the borderlands of conflicts between Eastern Europeans and Westerners, spciety Palestinians Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.

Reading this book, was for me, like living a really extraordinary experience, as I sure it will be for you.

He examines the essential manifestations of the decent society: The tone of voice throughout the book is that of a serious but unponderous human being, continuously engaged with the reader, and determined to reason not only fairly but also graciously.

Juan rated it really liked it Nov 01, However, one weakness of the work is that humiliation is connected to being given a reason to feel ashamed of belonging to a morally legitimate encompassing group. As Michael Walzer summarizes in his review of the book, “betrayal isn’t leaving a relationship but breaking it——and breaking it in a way that hurts, that leaves the other or others vulnerable, frightened, alone, at a loss. In it, the additional idea is found, that the West, via its representatives who are currently ruling many Moslem countries, is the carrier of a new Jahiliyya — namely, ignorance and barbarism of the sort that ruled the world before the evangelical mission of the prophet Mohamed.

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