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Morality and Society

Bernard Gert

in Morality

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176896
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195176898.003.0014
 Morality and Society

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This chapter shows that even though the same moral system applies to individuals and governments, governments may be justified in violating a moral rule in a situation where an individual would not be justified in violating the same rule. An examination of theories of justice shows that there is sometimes no unique correct answer to a pressing social problem such as designing a just health care delivery system. Recognizing that morality is an informal public system does not always provide a unique correct answer that provides strong moral support for democracy over other forms of government.

Keywords: government; theory of justice; health care; morality; informal public system; democracy

Chapter.  13885 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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