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The Development Ethics Perspective of a Good Society

In: Alternative Perspectives of a Good Society


  • John Marangos
  • Nikos Astroulakis


The purpose of this chapter is to develop an ethical framework for what defines a good society. The central ethical question that we investigate is: What are the requirements of a good life and of a good society in the modern world? The response to this question is based on the development ethics alternative view of a good society that contradicts the dominant mainstream economics perception. Writing this chapter has been a challenge because development ethics can be identified as a new branch of the social sciences with areas of consensus and controversies (see Crocker 1998; Clark 2002). However, our intention is to present areas of agreement within a development ethics framework rather than an area of controversies with respect to “what is a good society?” The findings of this analysis can assist in identifying the foundation of development ethics regarding the end state of development, the good society, and its ethical underpinnings. To our knowledge, no such endeavor has been attempted previously. The development ethicists’ community as well as scholars and students of international development would benefit from this novel exploration of the dominant mainstream economics assumptions for a good society using the alternative development ethical proposal of a better life and a good society.

Suggested Citation

  • John Marangos & Nikos Astroulakis, 2012. "The Development Ethics Perspective of a Good Society," Perspectives from Social Economics, in: John Marangos (ed.), Alternative Perspectives of a Good Society, chapter 0, pages 79-98, Palgrave Macmillan.
  • Handle: RePEc:pal:pfschp:978-0-230-33780-0_5
    DOI: 10.1057/9780230337800_5

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