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Morality - Concept
(1,991 words)

Part of Morality:

1. Concept

2. Moral Law

3. Duty

The way the good is experienced depends to a large extent on the fundamental structure of the environment, society and community and on the whole view of life. The derivation of the word “morality”, as a comprehensive term for the human good, from the mores, customs, reflects a historical situation in which a uniform social milieu was universally recognized as setting the standard. A person who allowed himself to be guided by prevailing vailing custom was moral. That does not necessarily mean that n…

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Bernhard Häring, “Morality - Concept”, in: Sacramentum Mundi Online, General Editor Karl Rahner, SJ. Consulted online on 30 November 2023 <>
First published online: 2016

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