Morality and Obligation Essay

21 August

Morality and Obligation

1. Two preliminary steps taken, that be necessary, before one can intuitively appreciate the rightness of an action are thinking fully about the consequences of an action. In other words, think before you act. Also give thought (consideration) to the persons involved in said action or your relation(ship) with the persons involved.

2. An action is considered morally good in addition to being right when it is the right thing to do, while also stemming from a good place. When the person or “agent” performs said act because it is right, from a feeling of obligation, a morally good act is also right.

3. According to Prichard, an action done from a sense of obligation, there is no purpose “consisting either in the action itself or in anything which it will produce”. A motive, being something that moves one to act, can be the sense of obligation, an action done from a sense of obligation can indeed have a motive.

4. Avirtuous act is done from a desire that is intrinsically good. A moral act be done from obligation. There can’t be an obligation to act virtuously, because we can only “feel an obligation to act” or do something. We cannot, however, feel an obligation to act from a certain desire

5. It is a mistake to expect moral philosophy to prove through argumentation that we ought to fulfill our obligations, because moral rightness “cannot be demonstrated, only apprehended directly by an act of moral thinking”. The sense of obligation is a result of a moral thought or thoughts. Moral philosophy can provide reflection on the “immediacy of our knowledge of moral rightness” and the intuitive recognition of the goodness of the virtues.

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