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moral point of view

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E thics To consider or judge behavior from the perspective of moral rules or principles , rather than from the viewpoint of one's self-interest. The main question of moral philosophy is “Why ought I to be moral?” Thus we must justify why human beings should consider their acts from a moral point of view. Different moralists provide and argue for different points of view, and they are always in conflict. A central tradition of modern moral philosophy claims that from a moral point of view morality is the only important thing in one's life, but contemporary virtue ethics believes that morality, in itself, is at most a part of what is valuable and that human lives should have other commitments. On this basis, the main question of moral philosophy would be Socrates' question “How should I live?” “In order to consider the relation between individual rationality and what is sometimes called ‘the moral point of view’ one has to decide on criteria of rationality, and this is a semi-conceptual investigation.” Cooper, The Diversity of Moral Thinking ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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