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Jul
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2017
Appeared in Free Inquiry, vol 37 issue 5

Morality as a Human Institution

Ronald A. Lindsay


Most of us think that moral norms are binding on us. For example, “Don’t kill a child for pleasure” is not a rule we can simply choose to follow or not, depending on our current desires and attitudes. Indeed, one point of the institution of morality seems to be to subordinate our personal preferences to the common good.

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