Morality and Selfhood

Contributions from Moral Psychology
  • Karl Hennig
Part of the International Library of Ethics, Law, and the New Medicine book series (LIME, volume 21)


The nature of the moral domain remains implicit in our pre-theoretical judgments and valuations regarding what is right and wrong, good and bad across a wide range of situations. These, however, are admittedly idiosyncratic and biased, conditioned as they are by our upbringing, social practices, and traditions in which we have been raised. The ancient philosopher Aristotle (1962) reminds us that while the character of an individual or society is the result of the encouragement or suppression of certain habits; conversely, character determines what habits are regarded as worth inculcating. Character is an organ of perception where to see the good, one first has to be good. The ancient philosopher Plato provides the now paradigmatic example. Despite Socrates’ best efforts to be reasonable, the tyrant Callicles remains unconvinced. His malformed character distorts his perception—calling fair, foul and foul, fair (Plato, 1971).


Moral Judgment Moral Reasoning Moral Development Moral Psychology Moral Domain 
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