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morality

 [mo-ral´ĭ-te]
accordance with widely shared conventions of right or good conduct that form a stable, but usually incomplete, social consensus; it includes the concept of moral ideals. See also virtue.
principle-based common morality a type of ethical thinking based on premises that are unphilosophical common sense and tradition and come from the morality shared by members of a society. Principle-based theories have an emphasis on obligation and are pluralistic (in contrast to teleological and deontological theories, which are monistic, i.e., have one supreme, absolute principle supporting all other guides in the system). The principles are generally accepted in most types of ethical theory and are what are called “middle level” principles in that they are not the most general principles but are those likely to be acceptable to proponents of different normative theories. This type of thinking has been most influential in bioethics and in nursing.
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The range of moral criteria that may be applied to these decisions illustrates a relational standard of morality rather than a singular, rigid, moral code.
As long as a pariah class of women existed to service men, there could be no single standard of morality.
The other crucial ingredient is a double standard of morality.
On page 638: "As both the memoirs [Nixon's and Kissinger's] showed, neither man ever came to grips with the basic vulnerability of their policy: they were operating in a democracy, guided by a constitution, and among a citizenry who held their leaders to a reasonable standard of morality and integrity.
To quote the statement, by '[impugning] a woman's character by the same actions that would otherwise elevate a man's status in society, and to apply a different standard of morality on a female senator's alleged extramarital relations from that of a President's well-known dalliances, [the President allowed a woman] to be boxed in by gender stereotypes and sexist attitudes.
holds--not that people should be treated equally before the law (that is a policy of laissez-faire capitalism)--but, rather, that the standard of morality is, as egalitarian philosopher John Rawls puts it, "equality of opportunity" for all members of society, with exceptions permitted only when they are "to the greatest benefit of the least-advantaged members of society.
But when right and wrong are nothing more than personal opinion, no single standard of morality prevails.
They aimed not only to reform "wayward" girls, but also to change male sexual behavior and establish a single standard of morality for both sexes, which they believed would better serve women's interests.
As well, to impugn a woman's character by the same actions that would otherwise elevate a man's status in society, and to apply a different standard of morality on a lady senator's alleged extramarital relations from that of a President's own well-known dalliances, is to box one's self in stereotypes and sexist attitudes.
We don't need him for a standard of morality, because human life is logically the standard of morality.

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