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Political Morality and the State

Partha Dasgupta

in An Inquiry into Well-Being and Destitution

Published in print June 1995 | ISBN: 9780198288350
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191596094 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198288352.003.0002
 Political Morality and the State

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Public morality is discussed in relation to the state in six sections: (1) the government as an agency; (2) acts and their consequences (consequentialist and deontological theories); (3) utility (used as a term interchangeable with welfare) and rights: public judgements and aggregative evaluations of well‐being ; (4) commodity needs; (5) freedom and rights: positive and negative; and (6) impersonality and the public sphere.

Keywords: consequentialism; deontology; evaluation; freedom; government; public morality; rights; the state; utility; welfare; well‐being

Chapter.  14070 words. 

Subjects: Economic Development and Growth

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