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Re-Reasoning EthicsThe Rationality of Deliberation and Judgment in Ethics$
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Barry Hoffmaster and Cliff Hooker

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780262037693

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262037693.001.0001

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Designing Practices, Institutions, and Processes

Designing Practices, Institutions, and Processes

(p.193) 8 Designing Practices, Institutions, and Processes
Re-Reasoning Ethics

Barry Hoffmaster

Cliff Hooker

The MIT Press

Ethics is embedded in the practices and institutions of society. Three examples illustrate the communal importance of ethical design. First is the distinction between Fights, Games, and Debates as successively more ethical and more intelligent institutional designs for handling conflict. The second is the Prisoner’s Dilemma in game theory, whose best solution is to step outside the game and change the surrounding institutional design. The third is an account of the ethical and effective institutional design solutions for various situations, especially of mediation for those that invoke the notion of ‘polycentric’ problems.

Keywords:   institutional design, ethics in institutional design, fights, games, debates, the Prisoner’s Dilemma, matching problems and processes, watermaster, polycentric problems, mediation

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