Virtues for the Vocation of Politics: Clean Hands, not Tender Heart
This article aims to rebut the claim about Dirty Hands (DH) in politics and reorient the issue. Allegedly, decent politicians must sometimes do what is right by means that are deeply wrong. DH is rejected as contradictory, and as a consequence of moral complexity or conflicting duties. With DH dissolved, the refocused and urgent question involves discerning apt personality-types for politics and its hard cases. The ideal advocated is suggested in the article's title.
Friday, September 14th, 2018
University of Ottawa