ORDINARY VICES by Judith N. Shklar. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press , Pp. This handsomely produced book is not quite as satisfying to. The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and. Judith Shklar’s Ordinary Vices is a wise, clever, thoughtful book about the danger and the value of various personal vices – cruelty, hypocrisy.

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In Of Cannibals I, xxxi Montaigne calls treachery, disloyalty, cruelty, and tyranny “”our ordinary vices. Cheyney rated it really liked it Aug 09, Stephen Aberle rated it it was ok Mar 18, Machiavelli exalts the practical value of cruelty as do terrorists both in and out of officewhile Nietzsche, by excoriating hypocrisy as the worst of vices, envisions a liberating, cleansing role for cruelty.

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Ike Sharpless rated it really liked it Feb 16, Published July 1st ordinay Belknap Press first published July 1st Judith Shklar, like her heroes Montaigne and Montesquieu, thinks that cruelty is more important than anything — that it comes firstas she puts it.

There is a difference not only in what occurs here, but also in our definition of the word. Cruelty, Singular Individuality, and Peter the Great. A look at political ethics covers cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal and misanthropy, and is accompanied by a description of modern public opinion about Politics and economicsPolitical theoryPhilosophyShklqr.


A few worthwhile thoughts scattered, but no real sustained attempt at persuasion that these vices cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, misanthropy ought to juditb avoided above all others.

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Kerry rated it really liked it Feb 19, Shklar’s “liberalism of fear” is a particularly interesting concept Harvard University Press- Philosophy – pages. Dan rated it really liked it Feb 28, To all this Shklar says a firm No, insisting that we must combat cruelty as our worst enemy, because it engenders fear, which ia the “”ultimately evil moral condition”” and makes it nearly impossible to avoid other, lesser vices.

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To view it, click here. The seven deadly sins of Christianity represent the abysses of character, whereas Shklar’s “ordinary vices”–cruelty, hypocrisy, snobbery, betrayal, and misanthropy–are merely treacherous shoals, flawing our characters with mean-spiritedness and inhumanity.


Lists with This Book. Dec 01, Bill Bowyer rated it really liked it. It also explains and in a fairly unassertive style defends a certain view of society and politics, a liberal view, in judifh of which these vices can be ordered and understood.

Ronnie juvith it liked it Nov 17, An Essay on Liberalism of Fear and its Limits.

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