Harry M. Clor
The issue of public morality, so often at the center of heated debates about pornography, narcotics, public indecency, violent entertainment, “family values,” et cetera, is at once a continuing reality and a persistent dilemma in our liberal society. With Public Morality and Liberal Society , Harry M. Clor makes an important contribution to this perennial and intensely debated theme by considering how public morality can be justified in theory and accommodated in practice within a liberal society.
Clor develops his argument in five parts. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the various controversies and ambiguities about public morality in American life and public opinion. In Chapter 2 Clor presents the case for a public standard of morality and defends it against the most persistent objections. Chapter 3 covers some of the themes prominent in recent treatments of the subject of public morality, and Chapter 4 critically analyzes the two theoretically dominant liberal orientations of recent decades, the libertarian and egalitarian views. In Chapter 5 Clor compares the traditional ethical indictment of pornography with the current feminist indictment.
“[Clor’s] essays are sure to stimulate reflection about the civic importance of moral character.”
-National Catholic Reporter