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Roles, role modulations and differential moral assessment of role performance

Jones, William Thomas (1983) Roles, role modulations and differential moral assessment of role performance. Humanities Working Paper, 80. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA. http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090915-141801394

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Abstract

This paper is a further development of the second section of Social Science Working Paper Number 410. I argue here that disagreements over how well or how ill someone has performed in some social role are affected by a widespread tendency to confuse public and private roles. Those who assess performance in a given role by the standards appropriate for private roles will never agree with those who assess the same performance by the standards appropriate for public roles. I illustrate this thesis by examining differing evaluations of a number of typical policy decisions. While I do not expect that this discussion will terminate all such disagreements, I hope it may help disputants to understand what it is they are disagreeing about.


Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Group:Humanities Working Papers
Record Number:CaltechAUTHORS:20090915-141801394
Persistent URL:http://resolver.caltech.edu/CaltechAUTHORS:20090915-141801394
Official Citation:Jones, W.T. Roles, role modulations and differential moral assessment of role performance. Pasadena, CA: California Institute of Technology, 1983. Humanities Working Paper, No. 80.
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