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Sexual MoralityA Natural Law Approach to Intimate Relationships$
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John Piderit

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199793273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793273.001.0001

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Basic Moral Skills

Basic Moral Skills

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(p.221) 27 Basic Moral Skills
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Sexual Morality
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John J. Piderit

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199793273.003.0027

This chapter highlights four attributes or skills that contribute to making sound moral decisions: (i) self-control; (ii) knowledge of self and others; (iii) the ability to make a commitment; and (iv) the ability to manage memory and imagination. These four moral skills help us to excel in the moral life and they help us avoid getting derailed along the way. In terms of the fundamental values, they strengthen our ability to formulate realistic plans and move toward exemplary actions. They also provide a kind of protection, keeping us from engaging in corrosive actions that undermine our ability to reach our ultimate goals.

Keywords:   moral decisions, decision-making, self-control, self-knowledge, commitment, memory, imagination, moral life

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