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- Published: January 1, 2002
Published 2002 (ISBN 1 902488 46 6) Price £9.95
A seminar on the moral values underlying social policy held on 31 January 2001. The principal speakers were Professor James Q Wilson, author of The Moral Sense and until recently James Collins Professor of Management and Public Policy at UCLA, and the Chief Rabbi, Dr Jonathan Sacks. Professor Wilson related social problems to what he saw as a confusion in moral discourse in the West. He asserted the existence of a natural sociability in human beings, but one that needs to be universalised. Dr Sacks drew attention to the logic of social goods, which grow through being shared. Both speakers addressed the role of Government in relation to issues of moral value and stressed the importance of the ‘third sector’ social institutions that fall between the individual and the state.