Ethical Norms and Social Rituals

Argumenta Philosophica 2018 - Vol. 1 Art. 2

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Clase de producto: Ensayos
Editorial: Herder Editorial
ISBN: d201824625906052
Publicación: 05/2018
Formato: EPUB
Idioma: Inglés
Idioma original: Inglés
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By H. Tristram Engelhardt, Jr.

Social rituals lie at the very foundation of actual social or moral practices. Ethical norms that actually and reliably influence conduct do so by becoming habitual ways of acting, habits of the heart, so that they are realized in concrete, particular, sociohistorically conditioned contexts. As a result, in actual ethical communities, it is easy to say what one should do, apart from any articulation of abstract, philosophical, or moral criteria. An ethical norm that does not find itself living in actual community practices will not endure and will lack sufficient social specificity to guide conduct reliably.

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