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State, Soul, and Society


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Introduction The Thesis An Illustration: The 2012 Election Plan of the Book The Boundaries and Limits of the Thesis Part I: Origins of the New Morality Chapter 1: The Morality of Honor The Privatization of Government in the Roman Empire The Privatization of Governance in Early Medieval Europe The Morality of Honor and the Man of Honor The Man of Honor in Action The Morality of Honor and Other Members of Society The Co-Causal Connection Chapter 2: The Morality of Higher Purposes The Publification of Governance The Monarchy as a Higher Purpose of Its People and Government The Spiritualization of Christianity The Morality of Higher Purposes Sexual Love as a Higher Purpose The Co-Causal Connection Chapter 3: The Morality of Self-Fulfillment The Idea of the Administrative State The Advent of the Administrative State Self-Fulfillment Morality: The Process of Secularization Self-Fulfillment Morality: The Concept of Mental Health The Co-Causal Connection Resistance to the New Morality Part II: The Nature of the New Morality Chapter 4: The Morality of the Self The Basic Principle: The Self as a Life-Path The Basic Principle: Fulfillment as Pleasure, Planning and Reflection Secondary Principles: Non-Interference, Incommensurability and Equality Components of the Life Path: Careers Components of the Life-Path: Family, Religion and Leisure The End of the Life-Path Chapter 5: The Morality of Intimate and Personal Relations The Validation of Sex The Reformulation of Childhood Sex The Deregulation of Sex The Domestication of Love The Personalization of Parenthood The Personalization of Friendship and the Officialization of Work Chapter 6: The Morality of Relations with Society The Self's Relation to the Nation-State The Morality of Self-National Relations The Non-Interference Principle and Negative Rights The Equality Principle and Positive Rights Moral Action Beyond Voting: Reiteration and Emergent Consequences The New Morality and Environmentalism Conclusion: The Future of Christianity Christianity and Western History (Chapters 1, 2 and 3) Christianity and the New Morality of the Self (Chapter 4) Christianity and the New Morality of Personal Relations (Chapter 5) Christianity and the New Morality of Relations with Society (Chapter 6) A Final Word

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Edward L. Rubin is Professor of Political Science and Law at Vanderbilt University. He is the former Dean of the Vanderbilt Law School and the author of many books including Beyond Camelot (Princeton University Press)


"A brilliant book that is stunning in its originality. Rubin powerfully describes a shift in this country from a moral system of 'higher purposes' to an emerging one of 'self-fulfillment.' He links this to a major change in how government operates in the United States and to almost every major social issue. This is a tremendously important work about the nature of American government and American society." -- Erwin Chemerinsky, Dean, University of California-Irvine School of Law "Edward Rubin is a jewel in the legal academy. In Soul, Self, and Society, he uses his formidable intellect, immense scholarly knowledge, and deep imagination to explore profound interrelationships between morality and political structure." -- Robert C. Post, Dean, Yale Law School "A new morality is steadily taking possession of the world of what Edward L. Rubin calls High Modernity. It is a refined from of utilitarianism, whose ultimate goal is the self-fulfillment of the greater number. Slowly, but assuredly, it is replacing an ancient and embattled rival based upon enforced and often unexamined norms. Soul, Self, and Society is the story, ranging from the sixth to the twenty-first centuries, of how this way of being came into existence as a consequence of the increasing privatization of modern systems of governance, and why we should embrace it. It is powerful, utterly persuasive, and ultimately uplifting."-Anthony Pagden, author of The Enlightenment - and Why It Still Matters "In this bold companion to his 2005 book, Beyond Camelot, Rubin offers the reader an equally provocative and insightful account of how the evolution of the modern administrative state has also transformed our system of morality. Highly recommended!" -- Martha Albertson Fineman, Robert W. Woodruff Professor, Emory University School of Law

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