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[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / d. Ethical theory]

Full Idea

If morality is based on wrong (meaning 'forbidden'), right ('permitted'), and obligatory ('required'), we are led to ask 'Who is it that thus permits, forbids or requires that certain things be done or not done?'

Gist of Idea

Morality based on 'forbid', 'permit' and 'require' implies someone who does these things


Richard Taylor (Virtue Ethics: an Introduction [2002], Ch.2)

Book Reference

Taylor,Richard: 'Virtue Ethics: an Introduction' [Prometheus 2002], p.8

A Reaction

Clear reinforcement for Nietzsche's attack on conventional morals, which Taylor sees as a relic of medieval religious attitudes. Taylor says Kant offered a non-religious version of the same authority. I agree. Back to the Greek pursuit of excellence!