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WGU-IWC1-Part 11

Questions of Moral Philosophy

TermDefinition
Social Contract Theory Theory that people should give up some of their natural rights to a government in exchange for social order.
Empiricism Philosophical doctrine that says all knowledge is derived from our senses.
Duty-Driven Ethics Ethical system that emphasizes fidelity to principle and duty over the consequences of moral action
Categorical Imperative Kantian term for an absolute and universal moral demand or obligation founded on reasoning
Hypothetical Imperatives Kantian term for actions conditioned on some goal or desire
Moral Autonomy The capacity to impose moral law on ones self
Utilitarianism Ethical theory that the greatest good for the greatest number should be the only criterion for moral decisions
Consequentailism Ethical theory that the greatest good for the greatest number should be the only criterion for moral decisions
Veil of Ignorance Mental device to enable individuals to develop a standard of justice while remaining ignorant of their own place in or value in this imagined society
Pragmatism Theory that the truth or meaning of an idea or a proposition lies in its observable practical consequences
Instrumentalism Philosophic theory that ideas are instruments of response and adaption to a given situation, and that their truth
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