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Real American EthicsTaking Responsibility for Our Country$
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Albert Borgmann

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780226066349

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226066356.001.0001

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Real American Ethics

Real American Ethics

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(p.3) Chapter One Real American Ethics
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Real American Ethics
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Albert Borgmann

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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226066356.003.0001

This chapter discusses the scope and coherence of American ethics, obstacles in the path of excellence, and the reality of moral standards. It presents reasons why there is a need for American ethics. First, for an ethics to be relevant to people, it has to address their particular circumstances. Second, though the United States is a young country compared with China and Japan, or France and England, it is culturally the oldest sibling of the global family. As American culture spreads around the globe there are two virtues that can be considered as characteristically American—generosity and resourcefulness.

Keywords:   moral standards, excellence, American culture, generosity, resourcefulness, ethics

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