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Common Morality: Deciding What to Do

Bernard Gert


The first part of this book provides a detailed description of the moral system that is commonly used, although usually only implicitly, by people when they are making thoughtful moral decisions and judgments. This system includes moral rules that prohibit doing the kinds of actions that need justification so as not to be considered immoral; moral ideals that encourage doing the kinds of actions that, if they do not involve violations of moral rules, are universally considered to be morally good actions; and a two-step procedure for determining when the violation of a moral rule is strongly ju ... More

Keywords: moral system, moral rules, moral ideals, justification, rationality, impartiality

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780195173710
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006 DOI:10.1093/0195173716.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bernard Gert, author
Dartmouth College
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