Re[2]: Rights and Morality: The Primethic Decision

Guru George (
Fri, 3 Oct 1997 22:09:52 +0100

On Thu, 2 Oct 1997 18:38:17 -0400 (EDT) wrote:

>In a message dated 97-10-01 15:39:40 EDT, you write:

>Could it be that ethics is individual while moral is group? (species, family,
>social or somethin?)
I've often thought along those lines - despite Daniel Lee Crocker's
cogent comments about there being no difference, I can't help feeling
that morality *is* more a "we" thing, whereas ethics is more an "I" thing.

"This is how we do it here" is morality, it seems - custom, tradition,
etc., whereas ethics seems to be more like Richard Francis Burton's:

"He noblest lives and noblest dies
Who makes and keeps his self-made laws"

(not sure I got the quote right there, it's from his Kasidah).

At any rate, whether or not these are the right words to use for these
things, there's definitely a distinction here to be articulated.


Guru George