Questioning the usual judgements of political ethics, Ruth W. Grant argues that hypocrisy can actually be constructive while strictly principled behavior can be destructive. Hypocrisy and Integrity offers a new conceptual framework that clarifies the differences between idealism and fanaticism while it uncovers the moral limits of compromise. "Exciting and provocative. . . . Grant's work is to be highly recommended, offering a fresh reading of Rousseau and Machiavelli as well as presenting a penetrating analysis of hypocrisy and integrity."-Ronald J. Terchek, American Political Science Review "A great refreshment. . . . With liberalism's best interests at heart, Grant seeks to make available a better understanding of the limits of reason in politics."-Peter Berkowitz, New Republic
Front matter CONTENTS Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1. Introduction 2. Machiavelli and the Case for Hypocrisy 3. Molière, Rousseau, and the Ideal of Integrity 4. Rousseau's Political Ethics 5. Rousseau's Political Ethics 6. Conclusion Works Cited Index
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