Title

The Limits of Idealism: When Good Intentions Go Bad

Department

Sociology & Criminal Justice

Document Type

Book

Publication Date

1999

Abstract

This book demonstrates how and why morality can result in extremist behavior and advocates what the author calls 'critical idealism' as a way of life. The author discusses radical elements of the feminist, civil rights, and 'medicalist' movements as examples of the contemporary drift toward intolerance and incivility and demonstrates how idealism can contribute to misleading and dangerous behavior in some cases but in the right hands can result in positive social action.

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