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The Definition of Morality
Social Theory and Practice
This essay proposes and defends a descriptive definition of morality. Under this definition, a moral system is a system of rules, psychological states, and modes of character development which performs the function of enabling mutually beneficial social cooperation. I shall argue that the methodologies employed by two prominent moral psychologists rely upon to establish a descriptive definition of morality only serve to track patterns in people's uses of moral terms. However, these methods atdoi:10.5840/soctheorpract201440324 fatcat:wsqihqr3z5dkvgqc3jxgpfmtzi