Digest of terms

ought

inner sense of obligation to be and/or act in a certain way. This may arise from an awareness of legal propriety (observing highway codes), or prudential interest (wearing a raincoat to avoid getting wet), but the moral force of oughtness relates to an appreciation of what is right or wrong in and of itself (avoiding the hurt of others, truth-telling, love). The seat of oughtness within the individual is often identified as conscience. Moral education recognises the need to develop the awareness of personal prerogative and responsibility, and to become clearer about their basic implications in regard to the needs and interests of self and others.

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