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Rules and Ethics: Perspectives from Anthropology and History

Morgan Clarke and Emily Corran


This book examines the importance of rules for many of the world’s great moral traditions. Ethical systems characterised by detailed rules – Islamic sharia and Christian casuistry are notable examples – have often been dismissed as empty formalism or as the instrument of social control. This book demonstrates, on the contrary, that rules often enable, rather than hinder, personal ethical life. Here anthropologists and historians explore cases of rule-oriented ethics and their dynamics across a wide range of historical and contemporary moral traditions. Examples of pre-modern Hindu ethics, code ... More

Keywords: Michel Foucault, technologies of the self, code of conduct, Ten Commandments, legalism, virtue ethics, conscience, casuistry

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2021 Print ISBN-13: 9781526148902
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2022 DOI:10.7765/9781526148919


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morgan Clarke, editor
University of Oxford

Emily Corran, editor
University College London

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