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Morality

  • David SteinbergEmail author
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Abstract

Although morality is widely embraced, often as a sacrosanct entity, it is a complex and controversial concept. The moral philosopher Bernard Gert implied the complicated nature of morality when he said, “If one starts by saying ‘morality is’…nothing one says afterward seems quite right”. Morality is a human concept that cannot be empirically evaluated; in any case science is not the proper source of moral values. Morality has been variously defined by respected ethicists and there are conflicting moral theories which are based on differing fundamental arbitrary assumptions. Philosophers who are moral skeptics deny the existence of moral truths. The value of morality may lie in its usefulness rather than its truth. An exploration of morality will be done from a multidisciplinary perspective that includes the relationship of morality to biological evolution, moral psychology, anthropology, religion, and the law.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Harvard Medical SchoolBostonUSA
  2. 2.Lahey Hospital and Medical Center, Emeritus StaffBurlingtonUSA

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