The Definition of Morality

[Revised entry by Bernard Gert and Joshua Gert on February 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The topic of this entry is not - at least directly - moral theory; rather, it is the
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[Revised entry by Bernard Gert and Joshua Gert on February 8, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] The topic of this entry is not - at least directly - moral theory; rather, it is the definition of morality. Moral theories are large and complex things; definitions are not. The question of the definition of morality is the question of identifying the target of moral theorizing. Identifying this target enables us to see different moral theories as attempting to capture the very same thing. In this way, the distinction between a definition of morality and a moral theory parallels the distinction John Rawls...

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