“Why Should I Be Moral?”

Bernard Gert

in Morality

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176896
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835300 | DOI:
 “Why Should I Be Moral?”

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This chapter examines some adequate and inadequate answers to the question, “Why should I be moral?” It analyzes the moral emotions of compassion, remorse, pride, shame, and guilt. It compares the reasons for being moral with the reasons for being immoral, and shows that neither set of reasons is always decisive.

Keywords: moral; religious answer; moral answer; virtuous answer; remorse; pride; shame; guilt

Chapter.  13255 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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