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The Ideal of a Rational MoralityPhilosophical Compositions$
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Marcus George Singer

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250210

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250210.001.0001

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Institutional Ethics

Institutional Ethics

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(p.214) 10 Institutional Ethics
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The Ideal of a Rational Morality
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MARCUS GEORGE SINGER

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198250210.003.0010

This chapter focuses on the ethical and valuational questions associated with social institutions, and distinguishes institutions from associations and organizations. It addresses the question of whether the principles and standards applicable to moral judgements of actions (either tokens or types) and of persons — call them individual principles — are also applicable, or applicable with only minor changes, to the judgement and critique and evaluation of institutions and practices. This is not the sole question of institutional ethics, but it is a main one.

Keywords:   social institutions, institutional ethics, moral judgements, individual principles

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