Three dimensions of morality
Michael De Dora
Posted on April 29, 2011
Ron Lindsay, president and CEO of the Center for Inquiry, writes about different moral considerations on his blog No Faith Value:
There are different aspects or dimensions to morality and these dimensions tend to be confused. When we call someone “bad” or “evil,” are we saying this person does not manifest the common moral decencies, that is, the person is a liar, is unkind, or uncooperative? Or are we saying the person fails to treat members of certain groups (such as women or racial or ethnic minorities) with appropriate moral consideration? Or are we saying that the person has a seriously mistaken understanding of the requirements of morality which leads him to do horrible acts (e.g., kill those who insult some “sacred” book)?