Lesson 2, Section 2: Looking for another way

Looking for another way

Are there any plausible moral theories out there? Are there any theories that are consistent with our considered moral judgments and our moral life and that are actually workable? Yes. There are several good candidates worth carefully considering, most of which have strong humanist elements.

This module has hinted at some other characteristics of plausible theories. We have seen that whatever shape a theory of morality takes, it cannot be thoroughly absolutist. Consideration of the consequences of actions is an important part of making moral judgments. But there is also more to moral judgments than calculating consequences, for some actions should not be performed even if they result in greater happiness. So we have good reasons to believe that any adequate moral theory must be a mix of consequentialist concerns and formalist structure. We will explore these possibilities more in Module 3.

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