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The virtues of our vices : a modest defense of gossip, rudeness, and other bad habits

Author: Emrys Westacott
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, ©2012.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In The Virtues of Our Vices, philosopher Emrys Westacott takes a fresh look at important everyday ethical questions--and comes up with surprising answers. He makes a compelling argument that some of our most common vices--rudeness, gossip, snobbery, tasteless humor, and disrespect for others' beliefs--often have hidden virtues or serve unappreciated but valuable purposes."--Page [2] of jacket.
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Genre/Form: Nonfiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Emrys Westacott
ISBN: 9780691141992 0691141991
OCLC Number: 704120832
Description: 293 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: The rights and wrongs of rudeness --
The ethics of gossiping --
On snobbery : is it sinful to feel superior? --
"That's not funny-that's sick" --
Why should i respect your stupid opinion?
Responsibility: Emrys Westacott.

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"General readers interested in how philosophy can be applied to daily life will gain much from this well-written book."--Library Journal "Westacott asks tough questions about the nature and meaning Read more...

 
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