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Morality

Saturday, October 11th, 2014

This will be the first in a series of posts regarding Morality. Some time ago I read Henry Sedgwick’s The Method of Ethics. I found this to be a quite intriguing read that resulted in numerous reflective moments. I begin in chapter one…

“…moral action is often the Rightuess of the action itself and not any ulterior consequences, and that this is known intuitively in each case or class of cases;” as he continues and frames mans pursuit of morality he “…prefer[s] to consider Ethics as the science or study of what ought to be, so far as this depends upon the voluntary action of individuals.”

This initial distinction reconciles with my personal thoughts in that, morality is the concept and ethics is its application in practice. As a moralist one has a practical aim: they desire knowledge of right conduct in order to act on it. Derived from reflection one can seek unity of principle and work to find a consistency of methods at the risk of uncovering a paradox. Whereas, the dogmatic is apt to hold different principles at once, in a more or less confused combination.

“…hold that men, in so far as they attempt to make their conduct rational, do so, naturally and habitually, upon different principles and by different methods. I admit, of course, as a fundamental postulate of Ethics, that either these methods must be reconciled and harmonized, or all but one of them rejected.” The act of justification is heavy in man’s logic. With each subsequent re-framing of act, to align with ones narrative, portions of reality trickle away from the onslaught of reconciled time.

“At the same time I am not without hope of affording aid towards the construction of such a system; because it seems easier to judge of the conflicting claims of different modes of thought, after an impartial and rigorous investigation of the conclusions to which they logically lead.” As this will aid us as we embark to devise a method of which to apply the ethics of morality.

Part two to follow shortly…