Ethics, Law and Society: Volume V by Nicky Priaulx and Anthony Wrigley (eds)

By Nicky Priaulx and Anthony Wrigley (eds)

This quantity types a part of a sequence exploring key matters in ethics, legislations and society, released in organization with the Cardiff Centre for Ethics, legislations and Society. the gathering is a party of the technique and values embraced inside of earlier volumes within the sequence. The works jointly tackle new technological, social and regulatory advancements and the clean moral dilemmas those pose, yet particularly severely, additionally compel an pressing revisiting of social and felony matters that have been as soon as the topic of controversy yet that have fallen out of the road of sight of lecturers, politicians and policy-makers. Bringing jointly chosen papers, the editors search to make obvious the thematic hyperlinks among contributions in providing works written via a gaggle of foreign specialists in line with particular moral matters, together with themes at the ethics of care, theorizing ethics, physique politics and governance; as such, the gathering is multidisciplinary in strategy, seeks to attract a vast viewers and offers a useful source for all these desirous about modern moral concerns.

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As she argues, Contemporary experts often assume the best way to get people to follow rules is to use material incentives and disincentives, much like the circus trainer who relies on sugar cubes and a whip to make an animal perform a trick. Yet by assuming only incentives matter, they may be missing an essential ingredient in the recipe for changing human behaviour. This essential ingredient is conscience (Stout, 2011: 11–12). This may be a rather crude presentation of legal thought or what contemporary experts believe drives people to follow rules, for arguably it is more likely that there is remarkably little legal analysis of this at all.

Why his entrenchment within law might be said to be problematic is when we come to see how his character and life disposition differ so markedly to what it means to be human and the kinds of things we value, Most of us would not like to think that we conform to the view of man that underlies prevailing economic models, which is of a calculating, rational, self- 18 Ethics, Law and Society: Volume V serving, and self-interested individual. There is no room for human empathy, public spiritedness, or altruism.

It is not obvious why we should assume that all of these consensual changes in the world are moral changes on the ground that they promote autonomy (West, 1985a: 427). All of the individuals, as ‘Rational’ individuals, had choices. Will this render them better off? That we should be dissatisfied with the conclusion that choice is a necessary vehicle to welfare, which is the assumption that economic theory makes, cannot be overemphasized. As West remarks, it is only once we drop the assumptions driven by economic thinking that we can start asking important questions.

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