David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
George W. Bush is not only America’s president, but also its most prominent moralist. No other president in living memory has spoken so often about good and evil, right and wrong. His inaugural address was a call to build “a single nation of justice and opportunity.” A year later, he famously proclaimed North Korea, Iran and Iraq to be an “axis of evil,” and in contrast, he called the United States “a moral nation.” He defends his tax policy in moral terms, saying that it is fair, and gives back to taxpayers what is rightfully theirs. The case he makes for free trade is “not just monetary, but moral.” Open trade is a “moral imperative.” Another “moral imperative,” he says, is alleviating hunger and poverty throughout the world. He has said that “America’s greatest economic need is higher ethical standards.” In setting out the “Bush doctrine,” which defends preemptive strikes against those who might threaten America with weapons of mass destruction, he asserted: “Moral truth is the same in every culture, in every time, and in every place.” But in what moral truths does the president believe? Considering how much the president says about ethics, it is surprising how little serious discussion there has been of the moral philosophy of George W. Bush.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
No categories specified
(categorize this paper)
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library||
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Yannick Vanderborght (2006). Peter Singer, The President of Good and Evil: Taking George W. Bush Seriously (London: Granta Books, 2004), Pp. V + 280. Utilitas 18 (04):448-.
Michael Schwartz (2006). The Nature of Moral Reasoning: The Framework and Activities of Ethical Deliberation, Argument and Decision-Making; the President of Good and Evil: The Ethics of George W. Bush. Business Ethics Quarterly 16 (4):617-622.
William Hart (2004). Evil: A Primer: A History of a Bad Idea From Beelzebub to Bin Laden. Thomas Dunne Books.
Sherene Razack (2003). Those Who "Witness the Evil". Hypatia 18 (1):204 - 211.
Russ Shafer-Landau (2004). Whatever Happened to Good and Evil? Oxford University Press.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads11 ( #127,849 of 1,096,251 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #218,857 of 1,096,251 )
How can I increase my downloads?