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Moral Politics? April 30, 2007

Posted by Dwight Furrow in Political Philosophy.

I have been known to advocate for a moral politics; but not a state-imposed morality. A.C. Grayling has it right.

“What is right is the closely allied idea that what those who run the state machine, whether as politicians or civil servants, and those who influence them materially through NGO and interest group activities, should always be constrained by ethical considerations, and answerable to them. What is wrong is the idea that this unexceptionable claim entitles us to think of the state itself as an agent possessed of moral duties. The state is not an entity separate from those who run it and those who influence them, and so the expression “a moral state” can only be shorthand for “a state run by morally responsible people”.



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