Donald Black

in Moral Time

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199737147
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199944002 | DOI:

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The theory of moral time explains conflict: the clash of right and wrong. It explains why deviant behavior is deviant, and why some deviance is worse—why it attracts more punishment or other social control. The theory also explains deviant behavior itself. It explains morality, including the prohibitions and obligations of law, ethics, and etiquette. It explains moral rights such as the right to privacy and property and freedom of expression. It explains why success and failure and sickness and death cause conflict. It explains why new religions and new styles of art and new scientific theories cause conflict. It explains accusations of witchcraft and allegations of conspiracies and attributions of other evils that never actually happened. Conflict itself is a movement of social time, so conflict causes more conflict. Social time is moral time.

Keywords: moral time; conflict; deviance; behavior; morality; social time

Chapter.  6224 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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