chapter  3
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Conclusion: morality and socialism (i) Morality: substantive, procedural and critical

In other words the two different senses of the word ‘moral’ are used to mark a distinction between those sets of belief s or principles which the speaker or writer holds to be, in some sense, morally ‘correct’ or desirable and those beliefs or principles which might conceivably count as being within the realm of moral discourse. We might say, for example, that the principle ‘Don’t harm others gratuitously’ was a moral principle in both senses of the word whereas ‘Be loyal to those superior in rank’ might qualify in one sense only.