MORAL JUDGEMENT Theory of Knowledge
MORAL JUDGEMENT • How can what is right be known? • Are moral judgements dispensible? • Can moral judgements ever be justified? If so, how?
What possible bases are there for the making of moral judgements? • How would you assess the role of the following in the justification of moral positions: • reason • emotion • conscience • tradition • religion • law • intuition
MORAL JUDGEMENT • Is there a hierarchy of values in moral judgements? • Can there be a highest good? • What is the case for and against moral skepticism?
Moral Judgement • What are the differences between judging moral actions according to: • obligations • ideals • consequences
MORAL JUDGEMENT • Are some people naturally more moral than others? What is the moral significance of the qualities with which people are born? • What are the dangers of self-deception, blindness, complacency and mass prejudices in making moral judgements?
MORAL JUDGEMENTS • How are the moral beliefs of one community and one time related to the views of other contemporary communities and to those of people of other times? • Do we have the right to judge other cultures and other eras?
MORAL JUDGEMENT • Can knowledge improve moral character? • Does living a moral life matter?
MORAL JUDGEMENT • If moral decisions are not clear, or if moral issues are controversial, does it follow that there is no just justifiable concept as right or wrong? • How much ambiguity is tolerable in ethics for it still to be called ‘knowledge’? How might this question be applicable to other Areas of Knowledge?