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Dirty Hands

by: Jocelyn Rossell

Dirty Hands PoliSci 3450

Jocelyn Rossell
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Ethics and Public Policy
Eric MacGilvray

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Notes on Dirty Hands- Michael Walzer and Dennis Thompson Lecture 9/8/15
Ethics and Public Policy
Eric MacGilvray
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This 2 page Class Notes was uploaded by Jocelyn Rossell on Monday September 28, 2015. The Class Notes belongs to PoliSci 3450 at Ohio State University taught by Eric MacGilvray in Summer 2015. Since its upload, it has received 27 views. For similar materials see Ethics and Public Policy in Political Science at Ohio State University.

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Date Created: 09/28/15
Dirty Hands Problem of Dirty Hands 0 Absolutist I Deontological I Certain rules and duties to follow I If broken it s morally wrong 0 Utilitarian I Consequentialist I Only break rules if produces greatest foreseeable good I No moral dilemmas o Alleged paradox I Moral dilemma o Politician acts immoral for the good of people 0 Can hold both Views at same time Political Action The Problem ofDirly Hands Michael Walzer Politician needs to be both absolutist and utilitarian Couldn t govern innocently We re responsible for What leaders do Act on behalf of citizens Politics is competition for power and glory Assuming they do the right thing for supporters Ruling and leading is presumptuous and egotistical Lot of responsibility Almost too much to trust Violence Victorious politicians use Violence and threat Want leader to admit to middle ground of dirty hands Moral life is social phenomenon Based on rules Act utilitarian Always do What is expected to maximize utility Not a political morality 0 Utility I Always follow the rule that leads to utility I Moral rules to follow I More likely to mess up when improvising I Strengthen institution of promise keeping I Only give an excuse when you break the rules 0 I m sorry guilty 0 Justifyutility I Want politicians to have that moral feeling 0 Neoclassical I Machiavelli view I To follow political morality I Not very useful 0 Lacks selfawareness and price you pay 0 Protestant I Machiavelli selfawareness I Weber I Tormented by own consciousness I Carries out political duties I Own salvation in jeopardy I Walzer says all drama is in the leader No external sign of guilt 0 Catholic I Camus just assassins I Assassin but not complete until punished I Sin confess repent I Extemalizes the guilt Democratic Dirty Hands Dennis F Thompson 0 Why Democratic I Leader does wrong with consent to do from the people I Guilt shifts to the people I Modern problem transformation 0 Citizens I What we owe for allowing leaders to break the rules Leaders have responsibility to moral duty or utility Citizens are democratically accountable


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