Cover

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Title Page, Series Page, Copyright, Dedication, Epigraphs

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pp. i-vi

Contents

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pp. vii-viii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-xii

In the process of writing this book, I have often been astounded at my good fortune in having so many friends and colleagues who were willing, in the midst of their own busy schedules, to read and comment on drafts of chapters and, in some cases, on the whole manuscript (which, in its...

Abbreviations

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pp. xiii-xvi

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1. Negotiating Positions: The Politics of Virtue and Virtù

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pp. 1-17

As a child, I used to read the last page of mystery novels first. Freed of the need to find out whodunnit, I could then read the book at a more leisurely pace, appreciating its detail, examining its clues, getting to know its characters. But reading the last page first had its costs: my...

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2. Kant and the Concept of Respect for Persons

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pp. 18-41

Many contemporary theorists treat Kant's concept of respect for persons as a standard that any theory must measure up to or take as its point of departure.1 For these theorists, Kantian respect for persons expresses an admirable commitment to respect the integrity, rights, and individuality...

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3. Nietzsche and the Recovery of Responsibility

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pp. 42-75

Although famous for his aspiration to go "beyond good and evil," Nietzsche seeks a transvaluation of values, not an abandonment of them. He criticizes tráditional moral values for their unethical qualities-their dishonesties and cruelties enrage him-but he does not reject them tout...

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4. Arendt's Accounts of Action and Authority

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pp. 76-125

The possibility of new beginnings and rebirth is as important to Arendt as it is to Nietzsche. She lodges the possibility partly in her own account of an original, originating beginning, that of the American revolution and founding. Like Kant's "Speculative Beginnings" and Nietzsche's Genealogy...

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5. Rawls and the Remainders of Politics

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pp. 126-161

After Arendt's frustrating refusal to include social and economic issues in her account of politics, Rawls's liberal theory of justice might come as something of a relief. His constitutional democracy is sensitive to the predicaments of "permanent minorities," attentive to the temptations...

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6. Sandel and the Proliferation of Political Subjects

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pp. 162-199

It might seem obvious that if Rawls's liberal theory of justice as fairness is a virtue theory of politics then surely so is Sandel's communitarian account. But my interest in Sandel's account goes beyond the impulse to label it. His is a provocative treatment of the role that politics might play...

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7. Renegotiating Positions: Beyond the Virtue-Virtù Opposition

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pp. 200-212

In my effort to subvert some of the established, oppositional positionings in contemporary political thought, I have developed another opposition, between virtue and virtù, and positioned myself on one side of it. I have spent the previous six chapters stabilizing that opposition so as to render...

Notes

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pp. 213-264

Index

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pp. 265-271