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Political Vices

Mark E. Button


This is a book about our uniquely political vices: the kind of persistent dispositions of character and conduct that imperil both the functioning of democratic-political institutions and the trust that a diverse citizenry has in the ability of those institutions to secure a just political order of equal moral standing, reciprocal freedom, and human dignity. Political vices like hubris, willful blindness, and recalcitrance embody a repudiation of the reciprocal conditions of politics, and as a consequence of this, they represent a standing challenge to the principles and values of liberal democ ... More

Keywords: vice, virtue, character, democracy, Greek tragedy, hubris, courage, practical wisdom, accountability, political ethics, rhetoric, communication

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190274962
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190274962.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark E. Button, author
Associate Professor of Political Science, University of Utah