On minimal morals
AbstractI define and classify moral (or altruistic) behaviour and discuss the necessity of moral behaviour for the functioning of a market economic and a democratic political order. I also evaluate claims that moral behaviour is unnecessary. Moral behaviour can only be stable if certain conditions hold, including most importantly that moral requirements for citizens not be too high; only a minimum standard of morality can be demanded if many citizens are expected to comply. Finally, I point to some problems of relying on moral behaviour.
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Volume (Year): 26 (2010)
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Moral behaviour Intrinsic motivation Voluntary contribution to public goods Low-cost decisions;
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