This book is a critique of a tradition of moral theories involving what the author terms "the politicization of morality", a phrase indicating a reduction of morality to a function of political necessities. The author locates within this tradition such diverse figures as Plato's Glaucon, Thomas Hobbes and John Rawls and so challenges the legitimacy of a philosophical project of both ancient origin and great contemporary influence. At the same time the book challenges a variety of current assumptions regarding the nature and rhetorical force of the kind of philosophical criticism the book itself makes of that tradition. In this way this essay raises questions about the practice of moral philosophy in a pluralistic - or even fragmented - society such as ours by probing how there can be or who might constitute an audience for moral philosophy.
Politics-Social-Sciences, Philosophy, Ethics-Morality,