Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI:

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This chapter provides a preview of the rest of the book, concentrating on the concept of morality. It distinguishes between a moral system and a moral theory, and gives a preliminary account of rationality and irrationality. It discusses the content of morality, showing that the avoidance of causing harms and the preventing of harms, rather than the promoting of benefits, is central to morality. It explains why, in addition to the general moral rules and ideals, there are particular moral rules and special duties that are part of the ethics of every profession.

Keywords: morality; moral system; moral theory; rationality; irrationality; professional ethics

Chapter.  8180 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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