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while it is true that moral norms are primarily aspirational and prescriptive, it is also important to recognise their functional and descriptive aspects. Discuss.

Topic: dimensions of ethics;

7. while it is true that moral norms are primarily aspirational and prescriptive, it is also important to recognise their functional and descriptive aspects. Discuss. (150 words)

Difficulty level: Tough

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4.

Key Demand of the question:

To write about the nature of moral norms.

Directive:

Discuss – This is an all-encompassing directive – you must debate on paper by going through the details of the issues concerned by examining each one of them. You must give reasons for both for and against arguments.

Structure of the answer:

Introduction:

Start by explaining moral norms.

Body:

First, explain as to how moral norms are aspirational and prescriptive – contains ideals, principles and policies which are sensitive to positive outcomes, action-based, and focused on what we should do.

Next, explain as to how moral norms are functional and descriptive – people’s beliefs about as values, which actions are right and wrong, and which characteristics of moral agents are virtuous.

Conclusion:

Conclude with a balanced opinion regarding moral norms.