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Making Men Moral: Civil Liberties and Public Morality

Robert P. George


Contemporary liberal thinkers commonly suppose that there is something principally unjust about the legal prohibition of putatively victimless immoralities. Against the prevailing liberal view, the book defends the proposition that ‘moral laws’ can play a legitimate, if subsidiary, role in preserving the ‘moral ecology’ of the cultural environment in which people make the morally significant choices by which they form their characters and influence, for good or ill, the moral lives of others. It shows that a defence of morals legislation is fully compatible with a ‘pluralistic perfectionist’ p ... More

Keywords: liberalism, moral laws, moral ecology, character, moral lives, morals legislation, political theory, civil liberties, public morality

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1995 Print ISBN-13: 9780198260240
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198260240.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Robert P. George, author
Princeton University