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Stefan Bargheer

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226376639

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2018

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226543963.001.0001

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Studying Morality

Studying Morality

(p.255) Conclusion Studying Morality
Moral Entanglements

Stefan Bargheer

University of Chicago Press

The final chapter discusses the implication of this analysis for the study of morality. Three closely related insights are highlighted: first, morality is entangled in practices rather than in discourse and different forms of moral valuation differ with the peculiarities of these practices and the way they are institutionalized; second, these practices and institutions can be purposefully designed in order to produce specific valuations, while moral valuations that are not entangled in any practices and institutions are likely to remain mere discourse without real life effects; and finally, actor’s deeply ingrained moral commitments are the outcome of larger historical processes of transformation in practices and institutions, not their causes. Taking these insights into account has far reaching implications for the way sociologists approach the study of morality.

Keywords:   morality, practices, institutions

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