Moral Powers: Normative Necessity in Language and History, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Moral Powers

Normative Necessity in Language and History, 1st Edition

By Anthony Holiday


214 pages

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pub: 2020-06-01
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Originally published in 1986, this book subverts an attitude towards the moral dimension of life which the author terms ‘ethical cynicism’. It discusses a theory of moral powers – a theory which shows that moral values are immensely potent sources of power. The author argues that there is a conceptual affinity between the Wittgensteinian account of language and the Marxist theory of history such that the two complement and even require one another in various aspects.


Table of Contents

1. Necessity in Wittgensteinian Semantics 2. Semantic Necessity as Moral Necessity 3. Historical Necessity 4. Values in History.

About the Author

Anthony Holiday

About the Series

Routledge Library Editions: Ethics

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHILOSOPHY / Ethics & Moral Philosophy