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What is honor? [electronic resource] : a question of moral imperatives / Alexander Welsh.

Author/Creator:
Welsh, Alexander.
Publication:
New Haven : Yale University Press, c2008.
Format/Description:
Book
1 online resource (252 p.)
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Subjects:
Honor.
Conduct of life.
Form/Genre:
Electronic books.
Language:
English
Summary:
What is honor? Has its meaning changed since ancient times? Is it an outmoded notion? Does it still have the power to direct our behavior? In this provocative book Alexander Welsh considers the history and meaning of honor and dismisses the idea that we live in a post-honor culture. He notes that we have words other than honor, such as respect, self-respect, and personal identity, that show we do indeed care deeply about honor. Honor, he argues, is a continuing process of respect that motivates or constrains members of a peer group. Honor's dictates function as moral imperatives. Surprisingly, little systematic study of the history of honor in Western culture has been attempted. Offering a welcome remedy, Welsh provides a genealogy of approaches to the subject, mining some of the most influential texts of the Western tradition. He rereads with fascinating results the works of Aristotle, Cicero, Shakespeare, Mandeville, Montesquieu, Rousseau, Kant, Adam Smith, and others. With a sharp focus on the intersection of honor and ethics in both literature and philosophy, Welsh invites new and constructive debate on a topic of vital interest.
Contents:
On moralities of obedience and respect
Help from anthropology and psychology
Respect in the ethics of Aristotle
Cicero's mediation of the same
Shakespeare's recourse to Roman honor
His Antony, Cleopatra, and Coriolanus
Honor by that name in Mandeville and Montesquieu
Leveling down in Enlightenment fiction
Coming of age in neoclassical drama
And how Rousseau's Emile comes of age
Kant's engagement with honor
Parallels to Kant's moral philosophy
Respect and Adam Smith's impartial spectator
Adam Smith and recent social science
Coming to terms with honor in philosophy.
Notes:
Bibliographic Level Mode of Issuance: Monograph
Includes bibliographical references (p. 213-222) and index.
ISBN:
1-282-35346-2
9786612353468
0-300-14830-5
OCLC:
646861237
Publisher Number:
10.12987/9780300148305 doi