Chapter 2The Moral Spectrum

Broadening Our Perspective on the Right Thing to Do

How Do You Know What’s Right?

Recently you made a moral decision. You faced a situation with moral import and decided what was the right thing to do. (This doesn’t necessarily mean you did what was right; you may have, for a variety of reasons, done quite the opposite.) It may have been a question of minor importance: whether to tip a waiter at a restaurant to which you’ll never return. Or it may have been one of far greater consequence: how to care for an aging relative in the last few months of his or her life.37

Regardless of the weight of the question, you probably employed some principle in answering it. You probably used some guidelines for determining the ...

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