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Perfectionism in Moral and Political Philosophy

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[Revised entry by Steven Wall on December 15, 2017. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] Perfectionism has acquired a number of meanings in contemporary moral and political philosophy. The term is used to refer to an account of a good human life, an account of human well-being, a moral theory, and an approach to politics. Historically, perfectionism is associated with ethical theories that characterize the human good in terms of the development of human nature. Writers as diverse as Aristotle, Aquinas, Spinoza, Marx, and T.H. Green are perfectionists in...

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