Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality

Published Date: August 19, 1993 | Topics: Civil Rights and Liberties, Natural Law, Philosophy

Purchase Online

Contemporary liberal thinkers commonly suppose that there is something in principle unjust about the legal prohibition of putatively victimless crimes. Here Robert P. George defends the traditional justification of morals legislation against criticisms advanced by leading liberal theorists. He argues that such legislation can play a legitimate role in maintaining a moral environment conducive to virtue and inhospitable to at least some forms of vice. Among the liberal critics of morals legislation whose views George considers are Ronald Dworkin, Jeremy Waldron, David A.J. Richards, and Joseph Raz. He also considers the influential modern justification for morals legislation offered by Patrick Devlin as an alternative to the traditional approach. George closes with a sketch of a “pluralistic perfectionist” theory of civil liberties and public morality, showing that it is fully compatible with a defense of morals legislation. Making Men Moral will interest legal scholars and political theorists as well as theologians and philosophers focusing on questions of social justice and political morality.

More Books

What Is Marriage?: Man and Woman: A Defense

Published Date: February 28, 2012 | Co Authors: Ryan Anderson and Sherif Girgis | Topics: Civil Rights and Liberties, Religion

Until just yesterday, no society–monogamous or polygamous—had defined marriage as anything other than a male-female union. With clear and cogent arguments, What Is Marriage? explains the rational basis of this historic consensus. It defeats the arguments for recognizing same-sex partnerships as marriages and shows how doing so would harm the common good. Originally published in […]

Learn More | Purchase Online

A Second Look at First Things: A Case for Conservative Politics

Published Date: July 15, 2013 | Co Authors: Francis J. Beckwith, Susan McWilliams | Topics: Politics and Current Affairs

The conservative movement in America seems to have fallen on hard times. Even though conservative talk radio is at its height, and President Obama had to shift to the political center to win the 2008 election (only to disappoint months after his inauguration), conservative ideas garner little excitement or serious engagement among young people as […]

Learn More | Purchase Online
View All Books