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Moraliaty and Moral Issues

Developmental psychologists have studied children's moral behavior in a number of different situations. They have discovered that morality is often situationally based, as in a study of thousands of children where the totally honest child was virtually nonexistent, as were children who cheated in every situation possible. As adults we exhibit the same patterns of morality, defining the acceptability of our behavior by the circumstances surrounding it.

1. What makes something a "larger" moral issue - or are all "wrongs" equal?

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1. As adults we exhibit the same patterns of morality, defining the acceptability of our behavior by the circumstances surrounding it. What makes something a "larger" moral issue - or are all "wrongs" equal?

This question can be addresses from the debate concerning: Absolute Morality vs Situational Ethics/Morality. So, it depends on what position you hold in terms of morality.

From an absolute morality perspective (often referred to as the traditional morality), people hold strong convictions of what is right and wrong behavior. Can you give an example of a rule that is a moral absolute? For example, these proponents often think of killing as always, but it is excusable to many people in many situations- self defense, defense of another, war, capital punishment, etc. However, they see good and evil as clear ...

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This solution examines the questions: What makes something a "larger" moral issue - or are all "wrongs" equal? References are provided.

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