Robert P. George

in Making Men Moral

Published in print April 1995 | ISBN: 9780198260240
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191682063 | DOI:

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This chapter discusses the pre-liberal tradition of thought on the importance of laws and politics in preserving morals in society. Laws based on morals are necessary to help establish the virtuous character of people by (1) preventing self corruption from choosing to indulge in immoral conduct; (2) preventing a wrong example that others may emulate; (3) preserving the moral ecology; and (4) informing people about what is morally right and wrong. However, this pre-liberal thought is under attack mainly from the liberal traditional thought. The liberal camp maintains the view that any form of law allowing prosecution and criminal punishment for violation of public morals is inherently unjust. This chapter further discusses the counter arguments against the liberalist assertion and upholds the view that there is nothing unjust about morals laws.

Keywords: moral ecology; prosecution; public morals; morals laws

Chapter.  7657 words. 

Subjects: Jurisprudence and Philosophy of Law

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