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The Affluent Society Revisited$
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Mike Berry

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199686506

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199686506.001.0001

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The Moral Order

The Moral Order

(p.172) 13 The Moral Order
The Affluent Society Revisited

Mike Berry

Oxford University Press

This chapter reflects on the overarching ethical stance implicit in The Affluent Society, and further developed in Galbraith’s last book, The Good Society. His position is compared to the theory of social justice put forward by Amartya Sen and contrasted to that of John Rawls. Galbraith’s aim, as always, was to analyze modern capitalism in the attempt to improve it, a project that required a pragmatic grasp of both the political and ethical dimensions of life in ways that were noticeably absent from orthodox economics but which allowed the latter to dismiss him as ‘unscientific’. The moral challenges that Galbraith posed still resonate in the public policy context, especially as policymakers strive to avoid repetition of the mistakes that led the world to the bring of another Great Depression.

Keywords:   Ethics, social the good society, justice, moral challenges, pragmatismvoting

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