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Happiness is the Wrong MetricMoral Triage

Happiness is the Wrong Metric: Moral Triage [People, whole communities, and even nations express moral outrage. They often do so indiscriminately, simply reacting to the latest news of bombings of hospitals in Yemen, honor killings in Pakistan, gang rapes in India, and so on. These expressions are not without effect, but the United States would be better served to first consider where using this moral voice might have the most real impact, and hesitate to use it when the subject of censure has made an atypical offense. This chapter shows that moral capital that is not well-directed is devalued and squandered, and asserts that we need to choose where to focus our outrage just as doctors decide how to treat multiple victims who need attention at once. In other words, we need a moral triage.] http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png

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Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright
© The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018. This book is an open access publication.
ISBN
978-3-319-69622-5
Pages
181 –186
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-69623-2_11
Publisher site
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Abstract

[People, whole communities, and even nations express moral outrage. They often do so indiscriminately, simply reacting to the latest news of bombings of hospitals in Yemen, honor killings in Pakistan, gang rapes in India, and so on. These expressions are not without effect, but the United States would be better served to first consider where using this moral voice might have the most real impact, and hesitate to use it when the subject of censure has made an atypical offense. This chapter shows that moral capital that is not well-directed is devalued and squandered, and asserts that we need to choose where to focus our outrage just as doctors decide how to treat multiple victims who need attention at once. In other words, we need a moral triage.]

Published: Jan 9, 2018

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