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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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Basing the moral code on the reality of the social obligation to give, to which human beings have very clearly submitted from ancient societies to the present day; in short deducing the norm from practice, the values of events--this is what seems to be forbidden in relation to the two types of discourse which dominate the philosophical and/or sociological scene today.
Drawing upon her fieldwork in present-day Cuzco, the author finds that modern day commoners have developed a kind of alternative working class moral code based on "respect." In a chapter on folk festivals de la Cadena documents how urban mestizos use respect to reinterpret the rural dances and music that were institutionalized by indigenistas.
I differ with those two; I want to impose my own moral code on everyone who belongs to the society of which I am a member, though anyone who likes may decline membership.
Yet, this thin level of morality seems rather limited if the goal is to prescribe international moral codes. Walzer holds up Amnesty International as an example of a group of people who have given up their local (thick or maximalist) moral perspectives to "embrace (or invent) for some specific purpose a moral minimum." But if a moral minimum is a strand of morality common to all of humanity, it may be embraced, but not invented.
Putting forward his Darwinian view, he told the packed audience that our moral behaviour is developed from a complex mix of our history, our culture, the law, newspaper articles and speeches that create shifts in our zeitgeist and moral codes.
Reports the magazine [Christianity Today]: "Parents and Preachers, roused by a badly bungled moral code, banned bundling: better heating in larger homes cooled it.
Selfishness resides within an ambivalent human nature that also promotes allegiance to the moral codes of religious sects, ethnic organizations, workers' unions, and myriad other social groups, these scientists contend.
For whenever one strives to be more specific about religion--about its precepts and moral codes -- then, and only then, does the tension noticeably amplify.
That would have broken the strict moral codes of the time.
The force has wide-ranging powers to enforce the moral codes associated with the kingdom's version of Sunni Islam.
His most famous conjecture was that linear perspective was not merely an optical method of organizing objects in spatial recession, but was a "symbolic form," a mode of representation that was expressed everywhere else in the culture of the period - in its politics, its moral codes, its philosophy, its poetics.
They promoted sexual abstinence as the best solution and argued that birth control and abortion only exacerbated the problem by allowing young women to violate moral codes without fear of penalty.