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What Is Morality? Why Should Society Be Moral At All?
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The Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary defines the word ‘moral’ in its main entry as ‘relating to the standards of good behaviour, fairness, honesty etc. which each person believes in, rather than to laws’
‘Society’ is ‘a large group of people who live together in an organized way, making decisions about how to do things and sharing the work that needs to be done’. It is interesting to note that the lexical definitions of the words ‘morality’ and ‘society’ begin not with the definite article (the) but with the indefinite article (a). It goes on to imply the limitations of their specificity. In other words, any discussion on an issue like morality is inherently bound to be highly subjective in nature and any effort to arrive at objective conclusions is utterly futile. But this could mean that there are at least some issues which allow total objectivity and that becomes a disputable statement if we consider Nietzsche’s observation that there is no such thing as an objective point of view, which means objectivity itself is a subjective matter. [“There is only a perspective seeing, only a perspective 'knowing'; and the more emotions we express over a thing, the more eyes, different eyes, we train on the same thing, the more complete will be our idea of that thing, our 'objectivity'.” (Nietzsche, 153)] ...
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