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Martin Krygier

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780804744751

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804744751.001.0001

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Morality and Modernity

Morality and Modernity

(p.213) Chapter Ten Morality and Modernity
Philip Selznick
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines Selznick's most wide-ranging book, The Moral Commonwealth. The Moral Commonwealth is social philosophy (or philosophical sociology) on a grand scale. It deals with many particular issues, but there is one overarching concern: sources of “moral well-being” in modern times. Modernity, as the specific context and subtext of modern moral concerns, is the subject of the first part of the book. Each of the three “moral actors” Selznick is concerned with—persons, institutions, and communities—occupies a successive part of the rest of it. All are considered in the context of, for each has to contend with, the pressures and the promises of modernity.

Keywords:   Philip Selznick, The Moral Commonwealth, social philosophy, moral well-being

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