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This posting outlines the key elements involved in the notion of 'consience'.

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Conscience refers to a person's sense of right and wrong. Having a conscience involves being aware of the moral rightness or wrongness of one's actions, or the goodness or badness of one's intentions. In philosophical, religious, and everyday senses, the notion of conscience may include the following separable elements.

Firstly, conscience may refer to the moral principles and values that a person endorses. In this sense, one can be said to go against conscience, where this means going against one's basic moral convictions.

Secondly, conscience may refer to a ...