An Ethical Compass for Quarterlifers
Chapter 3. Four Moral Spaces = Four Moral Languages: A Conceptual Framework for Thinking About Morality and Ethics
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FOUR MORAL SPACES = FOUR MORAL LANGUAGES
A Conceptual Framework for Thinking About Morality and Ethics
What follows in this chapter is the conceptual framework that grounds the entire book. We hold that each of us lives our lives in at least four overlapping “moral spaces,” and each world features its own special moral language. For theoretical purposes here, we will separate these spaces and these moral languages in order to explain and illustrate their contents. For practical ethical reasons, however, all of these spaces and languages tend to overlap whenever we find ourselves in the midst of moral conflicts and ethical dilemmas. The most comprehensive, and most defensible, ethical decision-making occurs whenever we use all four of the moral languages to resolve ethical dilemmas. We call these spaces a private moral space, a small-community moral space, an organizational moral space, and a cosmopolitan moral space.
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