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John Lachs and Patrick Shade

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780823256747

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: September 2014

DOI: 10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.001.0001

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Both Better Off and Better

Both Better Off and Better

Moral Progress Amid Continuing Carnage

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(p.399) Twenty-Eight Both Better Off and Better
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Freedom and Limits
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Patrick Shade

John Lachs

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fordham/9780823256747.003.0030

Arguing that we should be attentive to be conditions of material and moral advance, Lachs identifies three areas of improvement—our understanding of the human body, the development of technology, and the spread of democratic values and practices—that have increased the range of our choices and so our opportunities for intelligent control of events. Telecommunication and pervasive commerce have provided a “mechanized imagination” that has increased our contact with diverse others, rendering us more knowledgeable about and sympathetic to their needs. Material prosperity has increased the magnitude, the reach, and the possible institutional support for widespread benevolence.

Keywords:   Moral progress, Technology, Benevolence

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