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Justifying the Moral Rules

Bernard Gert

in Morality

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176896
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835300 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195176898.003.0007
 Justifying the Moral Rules

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This chapter argues that the moral rules: do not kill, do not cause pain, do not disable, do not deprive of freedom, and do not deprive of pleasure, are justified moral rules. It distinguishes between the egocentric attitude toward these rules and the appropriate moral attitude toward them, and points out the qualifications required to allow one to go from the former to the latter. It provides a formulation of the appropriate moral attitude, showing that this attitude requires liability as punishment for unjustified violations of these rules.

Keywords: moral rules; egocentric attitude; moral attitude; punishment; violations

Chapter.  15957 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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