The Journal of Value Inquiry

, Volume 24, Issue 2, pp 123–133 | Cite as

Moral style

  • Sidney Axinn


This paper has had the following theses:
  1. 1.

    One can't be moral without choosing a particular moral style.

  2. 2.

    A style is a specific balance of Type I and Type II risks of error.

  3. 3.

    There are just four alternative moral patterns, defined in terms of beneficiaries.

  4. 4.

    Sacrifice is the basic moral relation.

  5. 5.

    A moral style is a balance of risks of error in choosing beneficiaries.

  6. 6.

    The categorical imperative limits the range of styles that can be accepted as moral.

  7. 7.

    One's moral style is not chosen by logic but by feelings, just as one chooses art.



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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1990

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sidney Axinn
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyTemple UniversityPhiladelphiaUSA

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