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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That is, a moral agent should live virtuously and exhibit a virtuous character.
The ethical foundation to informed consent is that by gaining it, we show our respect for others as moral agents, and promote their personal autonomy-the ultimate aim of informed consent.
That is, perhaps he also needs to look more closely within the moral agent.
According to his reconstruction of the concept of moral responsibility, the extent to which one is morally responsible, and hence, a moral agent, "is the extent to which one understands what one is doing, the likely consequences of what one is doing, and how to evaluate those consequences" (p.
Rejecting such principles and failing to respond in certain ways to particular kinds of cases would raise questions about one's competence as a moral agent.
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.
While we might think that Sandler's position compels us to accord moral status to rocks as well as rabbits, Sandler attempts to avoid such sticky consequences by the addition of a second necessary condition: that some moral agent be obligated to consider the thing's own good.
Though not specifically called out in any of the ad bellum or in bello criteria, society has traditionally assumed that a moral agent exists (or that at least an adequate level of moral agency can be assigned) in the application of lethal force.
Developing what he called an agent-based virtue ethics, Sparrow argued that what makes actions right or wrong is the character of the moral agent.
The claim is developed through consideration of Parolles, one of Shakespeare's less appealing characters, who achieves that status of a moral agent precisely by learning to read his own shameful predicament correctly.
By Aristotelian I mean that she is a moral agent, someone whose actions are based on decisions based on thought.