o1 - Traits of Moral Principles[MP 1 Prescriptivity refers...

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Traits of Moral Principles [MP] 1. Prescriptivity : - refers to the practical, or action-guiding, nature of morality. MP are intended for use, to advise people and influence action. [Ex.: “Do not kill”.] 2 . Universalizability : - MP must apply to all who are in the relevantly similar situation. [Ex.: the Golden Rule: “Do unto others what you would have them to do unto you”.]
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Traits of Moral Principles (cont’d) 3. Overridingness: - MP are not the only principles, but they take precedence over other considerations. 4. Publicity: - MP must be made public in order to guide our actions. Because we use MP to prescribe behavior, it would be self-defeating to keep them a secret. 5. Practicability: - A moral theory must be workable. Most ethical systems take human limitations into consideration.
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Most ethical analysis falls into one, or some, of the following domains: 1. Action (the act): - right, wrong, obligatory, optional. 2. Consequences: - good, bad, indifferent. 3. Character:
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This note was uploaded on 02/06/2011 for the course PHIL 111 taught by Professor Kain during the Spring '08 term at Purdue.

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