The morals of passivity

What is moral passivity?

Moral disengagement is what separates so-called unconcerned bystanders from guilty bystanders. Guilty bystanders remain passive but experience a moral distress and thus an empathic concern for the victim and guilt for their inaction, in contrast to unconcerned bystanders.

What is radical passivity?

Passivity in the radical sense, before it is simply opposed to activity, is passive with regard to itself, and thus it yields to itself as though it were an external force. Hence, radical passivity harbours within itself a potentia (Wall 1999:1). 1 It is a confrontation with an other within the depths of the self.

Is morality a spectrum?

The five universally recognized categories of morality are care, fairness, loyalty, authority, and sanctity. Humans have evolved to intuitively and emotionally respond to these without the need to reason, and it is impossible for all five areas of morality to take precedence at the same time.

Are just factual statements about the attitude the speaker holds on a particular ethical issue?

Moral statements are just factual statements about the attitude normal human beings hold on a particular issue.

What is meant by the term passivity?

Definition of passivity

1 : the quality or state of being passive : passiveness The only thing that I find more depressing than this charlatan is the passivity of the museum-goers who pass before his works: they may have an inkling that they are being had, but they are unable to trust the evidence of their eyes.—

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Who said that protecting others from harm is the norm that take priority?


And in this case, Socrates maintains that protecting others from harm is the norm that takes priority. Nearly twenty-four centuries later, Jean-Paul Sartre described a moral conflict the resolution of which was, to many, less obvious than the resolution to the Platonic conflict.

Are there objective moral facts?

There are no objective values. However, there are objective moral facts. The claim that there are no objective values means that value does not exist as a property intrinsic to an object of evaluation that, in itself, demands a particular behavioral response.