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Issues in Morality - Chapter Summary and Learning Objectives
Ever wonder where morals come from and whether we would be better off without them? This chapter defines morals and explores these questions psychologically. Be sure to complete the video quizzes and chapter test to make sure you have picked up all of the key information. These lessons include discussions of:
- Moral theories and dilemmas
- Arguments regarding moral relativism
- Reasoning in support of living moral-based lives
|The Different Theories of Moral Development||The origins of morality are explored through psychoanalytic, cognitive, and evolutionary theories in this video.|
|Moral Dilemma: Definition, Examples & Quiz||Get a definition of moral dilemmas and a quick run-down of how they operate in our daily lives in this brief lesson.|
|Arguments For & Against Moral Relativism||Here, our instructors define moral relativism and outline some of the reasons people support and/or reject it.|
|Why Be Moral? - Sociological, Psychological & Theological Reasoning||These lessons explore some of the social origins of morality and what would happen if people followed no moral code at all.|
1. The Different Theories of Moral Development
How do our ideas of right and wrong come into being? There are a few theories that stand out in their explanation of moral development. These include: psychoanalytic theory, evolutionary theory and cognitive theories.
2. Moral Dilemma: Definition & Examples
A moral dilemma is a conflict in which you have to choose between two or more actions and have moral reasons for choosing each action. Learn more about moral dilemmas from examples and test your knowledge with a quiz.
3. Arguments For & Against Moral Relativism
Moral relativism is just one of many philosophical arguments about right or wrong, and so it has many supporters and many opponents. Explore each point of view and test your understanding with a brief quiz.
4. Why Be Moral? - Sociological, Psychological & Theological Reasoning
What makes people act good or bad? This might seem like a simple question, but it has a very complex answer. In this lesson, we'll examine theories of morality based in sociology, psychology, and theology.
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