Talk:Moral imperative

Latest comment: 23 days ago by Psychastes

yeah, but what does moral imperative mean? i mean, for everybody not philosphy-world. examples would be great. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:33, 18 May 2008 (UTC)Reply

A stab, and this assumes a relatively sane/stable mind: It is imperative that you do blah, because you know "to the bottom of your heart" that it is the only right, honourable, decent, civilized, and logical thing to do under the circumstances. You already KNOW that if you don't do blah, you'd be acting irrationally, possibly inhumanly, as YOU define inhuman. Cf. saving a drowning child if you can, et al. This is your sense of morality we're talking about here. This is your conscience you have to fight with. Afterward, will you take pride in your actions, or feel miserable?

I'd guess that moral imperative is what forces people like Ayn Rand to do what she did, not to mention Isaac Newton, along with many others; Socrates comes to mind. Blah is just something that has to be done, because in their estimation it's the only right action to take under the circumstances.

Paraphrase: You've got to go with what you have, because you know the alternative stinks.

Perhaps Wiktionary may be useful. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:36, 19 November 2008 (UTC)Reply

I flagged the section "Global Economic Moral imperative" for POV. In a page about moral imperatives in general, this section's focus on economic development creates the appearance of promoting a cause. It would help to shorten this section and add other examples. Mrevan (talk) 05:35, 9 September 2020 (UTC)Reply

it's a WP:COATRACK, i've removed it Psychastes (talk) 02:34, 29 April 2024 (UTC)Reply