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Minimalist Ethics

On the Pacification of Morality
  • Daniel Callahan
Part of the The Hastings Center Series in Ethics book series (HCSE)

Abstract

The attraction of morality in times of affluence is that not much of it seems needed. More choices are available and thus fewer harsh dilemmas arise. If they arise, money can be used to buy out of or evade the consequences of choice. The wages of sin are offset by the cheapness of therapy, drugs, liquor, economy flights, and a career change. If all else fails, public confessions can profitably be produced as a miniseries. Vice is rewarded because everything is rewarded, even virtue.

Keywords

Moral Judgment Civil Liberty Hard Time Career Change Moral Autonomy 
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Copyright information

© The Hastings Center 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Callahan
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute of Society, Ethics, and the Life SciencesThe Hastings CenterHastings-on-HudsonUSA

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