The Meaning of a Logic of Morals
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This chapter concerns the system exhibited or implied by moral judgements. It examines the logical relationships to each other of moral concepts, e.g. whether goodness implies obligation or vice versa. The chapter considers the general principles of obligation and the relations between them, and to see if the system of interlocking principles thus constituted can be shown in a hierarchy of dependence. Even if the system of ethics implied in the moral judgements of twentieth-century Europeans is different from that implied in the moral judgements of other civilizations, the task of exhibiting it clearly still has its intrinsic interest. The chapter recommends more precise definitions from which implications will obviously follow, the implications must always be such as would commend themselves to ordinary moral reflection and such as do not violently conflict with ordinary moral judgements when applied to concrete situations.