The Moral Agency of The State: What does a Virtuous State Look Like and is Allowing Capitalism Virtuous?
Honors in Philosophy
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Philosophy and Humanities
David Jones, Michael Allen
It has become quite noticeable that modern world politics across the globe has lacked a guiding morality in which we can hold states morally accountable in both the international and domestic spheres. This can be seen in the never-ending wars and occupations across the Middle East, South-East Asia, and many other places around the world. Now, attempting to implement such guiding moral principles seems to be an impossible task mainly because of the massive difficulties that one would face in trying to get the 195 countries around the world to agree on such principles. Because of this, most will probably accuse me of eurocentrism, which I hope to avoid in this paper. Despite this fact, I believe that the inevitable effects of the Climate Crisis and the need to see basic human rights observed across the world are enough reason to at least discuss the question: How can we begin to hold collective agents, states specifically, accountable for their actions?
East Tennessee State University
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Cable, Austin, "The Moral Agency of The State: What does a Virtuous State Look Like and is Allowing Capitalism Virtuous?" (2020). Undergraduate Honors Theses. Paper 562. https://dc.etsu.edu/honors/562
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