The moral order: an introduction to the human situation

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Sage Publications, 1983 - Philosophy - 498 pages
A distinguished cross-cultural researcher presents a brave, heartfelt and exciting challenge to the social sciences: the creation of an international, moral order. He advocates the use of cross-cultural research to uncover a common core of values and morality. This research would then be used to ameliorate problems and guide policy in the light of those values. He shows his procedures at work in the study of ten major social and personal ills, such as mental illness, divorce, sex roles, and child abuse. His research leads him inexorably to the concept of the moralnet -- the social group that provides values and support. When these are disrupted, problems are aggravated or even created.

'The work of Naroll fits in well with the work of earlier sociologists. But his work is considerably more comprehensive and rich. He brings the whole world into perspective. His model for a moral order theory is a universal one...' -- Norwegian Medical Journal, 1983

'The book The Moral Order is recommended reading...because it gives us guidelines for the future development of our society.' -- Aftenposten, Oslo

'This is a significant book: it focuses on an important set of problems, and it treats them with considerable originality and care. The Moral Order will stimulate a good deal of future research on the topics that Naroll raises.' -- Anthropology and Humanism Quarterly, Vol 8 No 4, December 1983

'The Moral Order is extraordinary in its range, the social life of the whole world, and in its purpose. Sometimes the book appears charmingly naive, but on the whole, the author's strength of purpose and grasp of basics is admirable.' -- Sociology, September/October 1983

'...a highly informative and useful book.' -- Ethics, January 1985

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