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The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions

A Philosophical Study

The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions by Seumas Miller
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In this book, Seumas Miller examines the moral foundations of contemporary social institutions. Offering an original general theory of social institutions, he posits that all social institutions exist to realize various collective ends, indeed, to produce collective goods. He analyses key concepts such as collective responsibility and institutional corruption. Miller also provides distinctive special theories of particular institutions, including governments, welfare agencies, universities, police organizations, business corporations, and communications and information technology entities. These theories are philosophical and, thus, foundational and synoptic in character. They are normative accounts of a sampling of contemporary social institutions, not descriptive accounts of all social institutions, both past and present. Miller also addresses various ethical challenges confronting contemporary institutional designers and policymakers, including the renovation of the international financial system, the 'dumbing down' of the media, the challenge of world poverty, and human rights infringements by security agencies combating global terrorism.
Cambridge University Press; December 2009
372 pages; ISBN 9780511847776
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Title: The Moral Foundations of Social Institutions
Author: Seumas Miller
 
ISBNs
0511669526
9780511669521
9780511847776
9780521767941