What are Morals?

Morals are a core part of philosophical debates. Just what are morals?

Dictionary.com defines morals as:

* Of or concerned with the judgment of the goodness or badness of human action and character: moral scrutiny; a moral quandary.

* Teaching or exhibiting goodness or correctness of character and behavior: a moral lesson.

* Conforming to standards of what is right or just in behavior; virtuous: a moral life.

* Arising from conscience or the sense of right and wrong: a moral obligation.

* Having psychological rather than physical or tangible effects: a moral victory; moral support.

* Based on strong likelihood or firm conviction, rather than on the actual evidence: a moral certainty.

* The lesson or principle contained in or taught by a fable, a story, or an event.

* A concisely expressed precept or general truth; a maxim.

* Rules or habits of conduct, especially of sexual conduct, with reference to standards of right and wrong: a person of loose morals; a decline in the public morals.

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