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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A possible life [3] can deservedly enter into this relationship of mutual recognition that is the basis of morality, thereby earning the right to receive the justification of acts from other moral agents. The fact that mutual recognition is the motivational basis of morality and therefore decides the content of morality demands that the relationship be sufficiently broad and abstract.
All moral agents struggle with this question, implicitly or explicitly, throughout their lives.
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.
(9) If it turned out that Kaspar really did mean to say that moral transactions are restricted to transactions between moral agents, then it would seem that his attempt to provide something of a general metaphysical and metaethical analysis of moral relations will have become "tainted" by substantive moral presuppositions that conflict with the moral intuitions and commitments of many people.
A 'moral subject,' as Rowlands uses the term, is neither simply a moral patient (an object of moral concern) nor a full-blown moral agent (a subject capable of being held responsible for its actions).
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. Terraforming Mars indicates an ethically significant aesthetic insensitivity reminiscent of a remote hiker wantonly whacking a transient but beautiful set of icicles on a wintry day.
On this account moral agency is "the essence of personhood, a phenomenon that elicits sympathy, making fictional persons seem 'real.'" 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.