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Webb Keane

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780691167732

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691167732.001.0001

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Making Morality in Political Revolution

Making Morality in Political Revolution

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(p.216) Chapter 7 Making Morality in Political Revolution
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Ethical Life
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Webb Keane

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691167732.003.0008

This chapter examines the case of moral revolutions that are bound up with political ones that are self-consciously atheist. One of the hallmarks of the twentieth-century socialist and communist revolutions was the effort to remake societies that were more or less dominated by religious faith on nonreligious or even militantly antireligious grounds. The chapter then focuses on some of the ethical sources and goals of Vietnam's anticolonial and communist revolution. By looking at how, in everyday practices, revolutions attempted to propagate an expanded moral sensibility, inculcate people with egalitarian values, and reconfigure their intuitions about agency and responsibility, one can see some of the links among psychology, face-to-face interaction, and social history.

Keywords:   moral revolutions, political revolutions, communist revolutions, Vietnamese communism, moral sensibility, egalitarian values, atheism

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