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A Humanist Science$
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Philip Selznick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758628

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.001.0001

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From Social Order to Moral Order

From Social Order to Moral Order

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(p.45) 4 From Social Order to Moral Order
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A Humanist Science
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Stanford University Press
DOI:10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.003.0004

This chapter examines the development of social order into moral order, one of the most challenging questions in moral philosophy and social theory, and examines the circumstances of choice and the imperatives of association, bearing more general principles of reason and morality, including a so-called postulate of humanity. Like divinity, reciprocity, authority, and kinship, the idea of rights is a human invention. In a science of moral ordering, the chief concerns are to identify distinctive or animating ideals and to learn what conditions affect their realization.

Keywords:   moral philosophy, social theory, postulate of humanity, morality, human rights

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