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Definition of Ethical formalism

Ethical formalism Definition from Arts & Humanities Dictionaries & Glossaries
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* Also called ethical rationalism
Ethical formalism Definition from Encyclopedia Dictionaries & Glossaries
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Ethical formalism is a type of ethical theory which defines moral judgments in terms of their logical form (e.g., as "laws" or "universal prescriptions") rather than their content (e.g., as judgments about what actions will best promote human well-being). The term also often carries critical connotations. Kant, for example, has been criticized for defining morality in terms of the formal feature of being a "universal law", and then attempting to derive from this formal feature various concrete moral duties.

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