8. Ordinary Ethics

  1. Didier Fassin
  1. Veena Das

Published Online: 22 AUG 2012

DOI: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch8

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

A Companion to Moral Anthropology

How to Cite

Das, V. (2012) Ordinary Ethics, in A Companion to Moral Anthropology (ed D. Fassin), John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118290620.ch8

Editor Information

  1. University of California Press, USA

Author Information

  1. Johns Hopkins University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 22 AUG 2012
  2. Published Print: 20 AUG 2012

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470656457

Online ISBN: 9781118290620



  • ordinary ethics;
  • Austin and Cavell's work, philosophical problems as human problems;
  • discussion on ethics, centrality to judgments based on reasoning;
  • objective, universal measures, needed in overcoming subjective dispositions;
  • labor of bringing about an eventual everyday, from within the actual;
  • moral life, rules, customs, and habits;
  • virtues as in Theravada Buddhism, on how one inhabits the world with others;
  • habitual actions, moral sensibility in detecting the “human” within actions


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Moral Life, Rules, Customs, and Habits

  • Detecting the Human

  • Then, What About Good and Evil?

  • Acknowledgments

  • References