Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
A Humanist Science$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Philip Selznick

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780804758628

Published to Stanford Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.11126/stanford/9780804758628.001.0001

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM STANFORD SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.stanford.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Stanford University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in SSO for personal use.date: 25 July 2021

Rationality and Responsibility

Rationality and Responsibility

(p.83) 7 Rationality and Responsibility
A Humanist Science
Stanford University Press

This chapter examines the conflict between rationality and moral responsibility, arguing that fidelity to purpose has many benefits, but fosters a retreat from responsibility. This tension affects business, law, politics, education, and military planning when a specialized technique trumps or replaces moral judgment. In the nineteenth century, a “romantic” reaction against the eighteenth century found moral worth in history, culture, localism, and nationalism. This perspective undermined rationality in that it is divorced from fellowship and commitment. The chapter concludes that in an interdependent world, fidelity to purpose is subject to norms of responsibility.

Keywords:   fidelity to purpose, rationality, moral judgment, moral responsibility

Stanford Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.