Making Moral Decisions Fernando Escalante, Samantha Rodriguez, Richard Gasca, Joel Chavez

The Aspects of Moral Acts

Circumstances

Conditions/facts attending an event and having bearing on it. The consequences of particular actions can also be related to circumstances, circumstances of actions are also secondary.

OBJECT

Moral object is the moral content of an action that suggests whether the action is directed toward the true good. It is the decisive element in morality.

"The morality of the human act depends primarily and fundamentally on the 'object' rationally chosen by the deliberate will" - Pope John Paul II

Intention

It is the aim or objective of a course of action. The answer to the why questions gets to the motive or intention for performing an action. It helps us discover the end, purpose. and reason for doing something. Why you have done something which is your intention, is an essential element for judging the morality of an action. Because intention resides within the will of the individual which is often referred to as subjective dimension in morality.

Keep the intention good

A bad intention can contaminate a seemingly good act, thereby making it wrong. For example, a person gives money to a worthy cause, but the motive is to buy political favors. Although the act may benefit a particular politician’s favorite charity, the donor’s intention here is morally wrong (buying votes and political patronage

The end does not justify the means

Simply put, for an action to be moral, the means must be moral. My good intentions do not make an act good if the means I use are evil; that is, if they are contrary to the good of humans. What I do, the means, must be good; they must fit the end or purpose for which I am doing something.

Circumstances impacting acts

Recognize and illustrate the significance/impact of circumstances on moral acts

-The answers to questions that begin with who, where, when, and how help reveal the circumstances of a particular moral act.

-Circumstances can increase or decrease the moral goodness or evil of an action..

Circumstances can also diminish or increase a person’s responsibility or blameworthiness for a particular action.

Vincible vs invincible ignorance

VINCIBLE

-the knowledge can be acquired by ordinary effort but was not acquired. You are morally responsible for the ignorance

INVINCIBLE

-An ignorance you are not responsible for. Related to something you could not easily, with little effort know

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