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Keywords:

  • moral and political philosophy;
  • appreciation;
  • institutions;
  • responsibility

Abstract

In this article I discuss Geoffrey Vickers' ideas from the perspective of moral and political philosophy. His thought is presented through three key terms, which I suggest can encapsulate his philosophy: (i) our human capacity to respond aptly to our situation; (ii) the analysis of modern society in terms of institutions; and (iii) the moral importance of responsibility to the maintenance of human culture and cooperation. Copyright © 2005 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.