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Preface

David Utting

in Contemporary social evils

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424099
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301981 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424099.003.0006
Preface

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There were a number of concrete issues in contemporary Britain that participants identified with relative frequency as well as considerable passion. It was also common for people to discuss these issues in terms of social values, morals and individual or collective traits whose existence (or absence) was also commonly considered ‘evil’. The authors, whose contributions appear as 11 separate chapters in this section, come from a range of social, cultural, philosophical and ideological backgrounds. While concentrating on particular themes, they were not under any injunction preventing them from ranging across other topics raised in the consultations. An overview of their chapters included in this book is given. Collectively, they can be seen to contribute additional layers and depths of meaning to the perspectives identified by the consultations described in the previous section of the book.

Keywords: contemporary Britain; social evil; social values; morals; individual trait; collective trait; consultations

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