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moral conflict

According to Bernard Crick, moral conflict is inevitable in any species that has moral values at all. It is innate, emotional, essential, inevitable, and a sign of goodness? itself that people demand higher standards of each other than they demonstrate in fact. See also the discussion of hypocrisy.

When moral conflict is rationalized into axioms and assumptions, and characterized in terms of words, and is not settled in that process by language itself, it become what Crick calls an ethical dispute. But rather than being resolved by conventional models of ethics, applied by a conventional authority, Crick believes that the debate over the conflict in private is itself responsible for settling most disputes: that language itself does most of the work. Accordingly a multicultural? society has a greater challenge as there are multiple languages to rely upon and more opportunity to shift languages to avoid agreeing.

If an ethical dispute becomes public then it is what Crick calls "politics" and in his book In Defense of Politics he described the "political virtues" by which such disputes could be settled.



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