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Greed, Morality, and Corruption

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Abstract

In human associations, the central element in the control of greed has been morality and the power of the moral community or moral order over the behavior of its members. To act on the basis of a moral judgment implies that our action is not predetermined by natural imperatives or irresistible impulse, but contains the element of will and freedom. But, although morality has this broad significance that identifies it with freedom, it also carries connotations that shape and direct will and freedom in a specific way. This is the way associated with the ideal of adaptation of conduct to externally given rules. Indeed, closely associated with the meaning of adhering to right and wrong in conduct is the meaning of adhering to rules or norms. Thus morality refers to “behaviour conforming to moral law or accepted moral standards.” Critical to this aspect of morality is the idea that the good exists outside the member, who becomes good by acting in compliance with an external authority, an authority derived from proximity to an ideal, so that moral refers to “a body of requirements to which an action must conform in order to be right or virtuous.”1

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Good Thing Good Object Moral Community Bush Administration Moral Standing 
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© David P. Levine 2008

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