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Gaita argues for a conception of politics in which morality is not an optional extra.

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He discusses why successful politicians must at times be economical with the truth, but shows a way beyond cynicism on the one hand and moralising on the other. Politics, he says, is conceivably a noble vocation, as well as potentially a tragic one.

He looks closely at patriotism and its distortions, and the temptation to betray our deepest values in the act of protecting ourselves. I felt heartened and enormously stimulated by Raymond Gaita's words, as much by the extraordinary eloquence and clarity of the argument By logging in you agree to our Terms of service and Privacy policy.


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Shopping cart Show cart. Existing subscriber? Gaita argues for a conception of politics in which morality is not an optional extra. He discusses why successful politicians must at times be economical with the truth, but shows a way beyond cynicism on the one hand and moralising on the other.

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Politics, he says, is conceivably a noble vocation, as well as potentially a tragic one. He looks closely at patriotism and its distortions, and the temptation to betray our deepest values in the act of protecting ourselves.

Combining gentle evocation with gloves-off argument, Breach of Trust is a clarion call from one of Australia's leading thinkers. But of course there are limits. They are not set in the heavens, but in culture. Plus de livres par Raimond Gaita Tout afficher. The Philosopher's Dog. Value and Understanding.

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