Forms of Moral Thoughtfulness

Michael J. Hartwig, Ph.D., Tim Mize, M.S., Moe Armstrong, M.A.


Forms of Moral Thoughtfulness


Looking at consequences

End justifies means

Goal is to maximize good/minimize harm

Challenge of comparing short/long-term goods and harms


Looking at moral rules, principles

Acting on principle regardless of consequences

Professional codes of behavior

Legal codes of behavior


Looking at the impact of action on one’s character – on character goods (virtues)

Virtue grows with good action done for the right reason

Vice grows with bad action or good actions done for bad reasons


Looking at issues of fairness

To each his/her due

Treat similar cases similarly and dissimilar cases dissimilarly

  • Libertarian
  • Egalitarian
  • Utilitarian


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