n. Conventional standards of right conduct.

History: You can't discuss the word "morality" these days without likewise discussing "ethics." Depending on whom you ask, either one begat the other, or vice versa, which would seem to indicate that the distinction we currently draw between the two is simply not supported by history. For example, according to some sources, "ethics" predates even Cicero (106–43 b.c.), who, they say, translated the word into Latin as moralis. Others credit "morality" as the root, arguing that it came into use in the late 14th century, some 200 years before "ethics." Regardless of which came...

This article originally appeared in Salvo, Issue #16, Spring 2011 Copyright © 2020 Salvo |


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