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When is political compromise acceptable--and when is it fundamentally rotten, something we should never accept, come what may? What if a rotten compromise is politically necessary? Compromise is a great political virtue, especially for the sake of peace. But, as Avishai Margalit argues, there are moral limits to acceptable compromise even for peace. But just what are those
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Hardcover, 221 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Princeton University Press (first published 2009)
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"I sin banebrydende bog, Om kompromiser og rådne kompromiser, skelner den israelske filosof Avishai Margalit mellem regimer, der hviler på grusomhed og ydmygelse, som mange har gjort det igennem historien, og dem, der går skridtet videre ved at udelukke bestemte kategorier af mennesker fra alle moralske hensyn, hvor Nazityskland er ærkeeksemplet på det sidste. Margalits sondring er ikke kvantitativ, den inddrager ikke antallet af ofre, men kategorisk: Den nazistiske racisme skabte et uforanderli ...more
Mike
Margalit's book is ostensibly political philosophy but there is much more than a hint of moral philosophy embedded in the framework he creates for assessing the merits of compromise.

His focus is on international politics and it seems to me the framework he creates cannot be localized in all circumstances. The stakes in the central example he uses are incredibly high. And his discussion demands answers to profound questions of morality. Specifically, the main question examined is whether a lousy
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Bill Lalonde
This book is a beautiful and seamless blend of storytelling and argumentation on the topic of political compromise, and in particular what makes a compromise rotten and therefore never justified.
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