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Motive

Introduction: Terms and moral judgements

This class of judgements takes into account the motive of the person. The representative terms for this class are ‘morally good’ and ‘virtue’ as well as their converse ‘morally bad’ and ’vice’. Included in this class of terms are the following moral terms:

moral excellence, evil, sinful, wicked, (nasty), wanton, nice, morally cleansed, (ill repute), awful, corrupt, terrible, decadent, effete, criminal, ethical, unethical, moral, immoral, heinous, atrocious, (gross), depraved, nefarious, iniquity, odious, hideous, (repugnant), vile, foul, degenerate, degraded, dastardly, defiled, (demonic), (unholy), debased, debauched, angelic, upright, upstanding, noble, righteous, and dutiful.

People who have the pajorative characteristics are called: scoundrel, wretch, blackguard, cad, villain~ heel, rat.

The term ‘morally good” is applied to people, character, actions as well as motives.

How to use these resources

  • Read the Dilemma … every Dilemma is focused on issues related to schools because we are all familiar with schools
  • Discuss the Dilemma
  • Consider the view that is presented … it explains and illustrates the terms and judgements used on the moral topic
  • Apply one or more Moral Principal Value Test to the Dilemma (follow the links)
  • View the Dilemma from the persective of all aspects of moral issues: duty, rights, motive, desert and justice (follow the links)
  • Follow the same procedure to discuss issues of your choice
  • Identify and plan a specific Action Plan you or your group is prepared to implement
  • Join in the conversation by leaving your comments in the blog. Click HERE.