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Public Virtues

Victoria Camps


Public Virtues  is a reflection about the values upon which our communal life must settle in contrast to the apathy and self-complacency that both freedoms and increased wellbeing tend to generate. Victoria Camps pledges in this book in public ethic, ethnocentric, optimist and feminist that should help fix our battered identities at every level-personal, social, national and political.

Currently, the average citizen lives cloistered in his/her private life and feels very little appeal for politics. Nevertheless, the quality of the social surroundings in which he/she lives requires cooperative behaviour, participation in public decisions and the conviction that there are certain common problems and interests.

This edition is also enriched by a final chapter devoted to certain public vices of citizens and politicians that do not contribute, precisely, to the reconstruction of public life.

Translated by Ana Marcela Herrera

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Virtudes públicas (1991)
Victoria Camps

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Victoria Camps
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Victoria Camps

(Barcelona, Spain, 1947). She holds degree in Philosophy from the University of Barcelona (1965), and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from the Autonomous University of Barcelona (1975). She has worked as professor of Philosophy at the Autonomous University of Barcelona since 1972 and Professor of Moral and Political Philosophy at the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona since 1986.

She was Vice-Rector of the Universidad Autónoma of Barcelona from 1990 to 1993; independent Senator for the PSC/PSOE from 1993 to 1996 and President of the Senate Commission for the Study of Television Contents (1993-1995).

She has published the following books: Los teólogos de la muerte de Dios, Nova Terra, Barcelona, 1968; Pragmática del lenguaje y filosofía analítica, Península, Barcelona, 1976; La imaginación ética, Seix y Barral, Barcelona, 1983 and Ariel, Barcelona, 1990; Ética, retórica, política, Alianza Universidad, Madrid, 1988; Virtudes públicas, winner of the award Premio Espasa de Ensayo 1990, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990 (paperback edition, 1993; Edición de Círculo de Lectores, 1993);  Paradojas del individualismo, Crítica, Barcelona, 1993, paperback edition, 1999; Los valores de la educación, Anaya, Madrid, 1994; El malestar de la vida pública, Grijalbo, Barcelona, 1996; El siglo de las mujeres, Cátedra, Barcelona, 1998; Qué hay que enseñar a los hijos, Plaza y Janés, Barcelona, 2000; Per una filosofia modesta. Dalla filosofia pratica all'etica applicata, Istituto Italiano per gli Studi Filosofici, Napoli, 2000; Introducción a la filosofía política, Crítica, Barcelona, 2001; Una vida de calidad. Reflexiones sobre bioética, Crítica, Barcelona, 2002; La voluntad de vivir, Ariel, Barcelona, 2005.

She also authored, with Salvador Giner, Manual de civismo, Ariel, Barcelona, 1998, and with Amelia Valcárcel, Hablemos de Dios, Taurus, Madrid, 2007. She has coordinated the three-volume work  Historia de la ética, Crítica Barcelona, 1988-1992.

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