Historical Developments of Moral and Political Philosophy

Running Head: Traditional versus Modern Ethics Response

Historical Developments of Moral and Political Philosophy

Farzeela Faisal

Abstract

Moral Philosophy is often written as though the history of the subject were only of secondary and incidental importance. Moral concepts can be examined and understood apart from their history. Some philosophers have even written as if moral concepts were a timeless, limited, unchanging, determinate species of concept; the content of moral judgments may vary from society to society and from person to person. Moral concepts change as social life changes and are embodied in and are partially constitutive forms of social life. One key way in which we may identify one form of social life as distinct from another is by identifying differences in moral concepts. There are continuities as well as breaks in the history of moral concepts. Just here lies the complexity of the history, which is increased because philosophy is involved in changing moral concepts. The moral concepts, which are objects for analysis to the philosophers of one age, may sometimes be what they are partly because of the discussions by philosophers of a previous age. All moral theories whether philosophy or judgment so far as they are philosophical theories, is neutral as regard actual conduct.
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