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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This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. Her masterpiece, and a must-read for anyone concerned with either American political philosophy or the history of ideas.

Shklar draws from a brilliant array of writers–Moliere and Dickens on hypocrisy, Jane Austen on snobbery, Shakespeare and Montesquieu on misanthropy, Hawthorne and Nietzsche on cruelty, Conrad and Faulkner on betrayal–to reveal the nature and effects of the vices.

Ronnie rated it liked it Nov 17, Elizabeth rated it did not like it Jan 22, A Journal of Comparative Philosophy 12 4: History of Western Philosophy. Shklar’s “liberalism of fear” is a particularly interesting concept But few political philosophers have her clean prose style, her broad range of literary reference, and her relentless logic.

Ordinary Vices by Judith N. Shklar

There is a difference not only in what occurs here, but also in our definition of the word. She examines their destructive effects, the ambiguities of the moral problems they pose to the liberal ethos, and their implications for government and citizens: Published July 1st by Belknap Press first published July 1st There was a problem adding your email address.


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Sign in Create an account. Meditations for modern liberals: Confucianism, Democracy, and the Virtue of Deference. The full text of this book review is only available to subscribers of the London Review of Books.

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To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. There are no discussion topics on this book yet. The thing to remember is that while an English snob is often imagined as self-abasing, an American one is always imagined as snooty.

A classic English snob would not, if encountered viices America, be likely to be called a snob at all. Interesting, but often wayward, discussion of a peculiar set of human vices. Even though I think it’s kind of a dumb title.


Judith Shklar, like her heroes Montaigne and Montesquieu, vicds that cruelty is more important than anything — that it comes firstas she puts it. Udo Pesch – – Science and Engineering Ethics 21 4: Trivia About Ordinary Ordinagy.

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Shklar draws from a brilliant array of writers–Moliere To all this Shklar says a firm No, insisting that we must combat cruelty as our ordinry 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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