moral agent


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moral agent

An individual or entity that is morally obligated or capable of acting with reference to right and wrong.
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Moral theology's duty is to clarify the entire spectrum of concrete conditions and to accompany moral agents in achieving human flourishing in light of christological anthropology.
To put the point another way: Rowlands must show that being a moral subject does not require being a moral agent.
And as fascinating as they might be, Martian microbes are not moral agents, any more than are terrestrial microbes.
In other words, we see the people in our lives as moral agents, even when they just happen to be make-believe.
In Nicomachean Ethics (1998:1109b30-1111b5), he explains that it is only agents who possess a capacity for choice that qualify as moral agents, and who are properly subject to ascriptions of responsibility.
Although philosophers rely on quite different standards in identifying those specific features of individual human beings that define them as moral agents, they agree, in general terms, that to qualify as a moral agent the individual must possess capacities both for understanding and reflecting upon moral requirements and for acting in such a way as to conform to these requirements.
In this example the moral agent does not pause for what consistency commands, for the sake of duty, namely, the permissible harm of another person who an assailant is pursuing.
We, then, must be brought into a moral relationship through some act of a moral agent (conferring value or recognizing value).
By placing the onus for being in a dilemma onto the moral agent, I give agents the ability to control what, if any, moral imperatives to accept.
The Enlightenment brought with it a sustained focus upon the human individual as an independent, rational, and moral agent and made it difficult to accept the theological anthropology of Luther's theology.
This article reflects how an individual or a business may act as a moral agent.
Since the physician is her ally in making and carrying out her decisions, I consider the physician the secondary moral agent.