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How would you describe the difference between and ? (i.e. between what is ethical and what is moral?)

@uranther Morals are socially established and some of them are socially imposed and enforced.
For example, for many people killing other people is unethical.
It's also immoral in all societies up to some point, which is why they've built the construct of the state and legal codes, taking for itself the monopoly of violence (law enforcement).
However according to some societies having armies and killing people in other countries can be morally justified.
To others, killing is always wrong.

@uranther So your personal ethics can prevent you from killing, even if the morals and laws of your society compel you to do so.
This was the case of much dissension during the Vietnam war for example.

@uranther My default assumption when reading modern Anglophone philosophy is that the terms are treated synonymously unless the writer in question chooses to draw a distinction.

@GardenOfForkingPaths The dictionary definitions have a lot of overlap, yes. Though I remember learning the distinction in PHIL 101 :dragnthaenkin:

@uranther 🤷‍♂️ What I was told as an undergrad. was that specific philosophers - Bernard Williams, say - might employ a distinction but there's none in general use. Certainly I don't employ one in my own scholarly writing, and I don't think I know anyone who does.

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