Who Holds the Moral High Ground?
by Colin J Beckley and Elspeth Waters
January 2008, Societas, Vol.32
Meta-ethical attempts to define concepts such as ‘goodness’, ‘right
and wrong’, ‘ought’ and ‘ought not’, have proved largely futile, even over-ambitious.
Morality, it is argued, should therefore be directed primarily at the reduction
of suffering, principally because the latter is more easily recognisable
and accords with an objective view and requirements of the human condition.
All traditional and contemporary perspectives are without suitable criteria
for evaluating moral dilemmas and without such guidance we face the potent
threat of sliding to a destructive moral nihilism. This book presents a
possible set of defining characteristics for the foundation of future moral
evaluations and engagements, taking into consideration that the historically
maligned female gender may be better disposed to ethical leadership.