Honor in Political and Moral Philosophy

2015.06.34 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Olsthoorn, Honor in Political and Moral Philosophy, SUNY Press, 2015, 216pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781438455471.
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2015.06.34 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Peter Olsthoorn, Honor in Political and Moral Philosophy, SUNY Press, 2015, 216pp., $80.00 (hbk), ISBN 9781438455471. Reviewed by Adam C. Pelser, United States Air Force Academy True to the description on the back cover, Peter Olsthoorn's book is more a "history of the development of ideas of honor in Western philosophy" than a philosophical defense of the proper role of honor in political and moral life. Yet, Olsthoorn relies on his discussions of both historical and contemporary accounts of honor to support the claim that, despite its reputation as an antiquated concept, honor can still be valuable for contemporary society. He nicely summarizes the scope and intent of the book in the introduction when he writes, "Drawing on moral philosophy from Cicero to Amartya Sen this book argues that honor, despite its limited role in our moral language, still has a role as a heuristic tool and an incentive to do... . . .

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