Site Map The Secular Morality Project - Towards a Shared Morality

Project Library

This library contains things that are in use by the project.

Moral Decision Processes
A process is a coordinated set of activities that achieves some repeatable objective. It is defined by saying what the activities are and the order in which they should be carried out. Tools are things which are used to make a particular activity possible or easier. A few such processes have been identified in use by ethical juries (dilemma resolution processes) but it is too early to say whether some will emerge that are of very general applicability.

Toolbox Contents
The following moral principles are suggested as initial contents of the toolbox for ethical juries. More information on each one can be found by following their links.
The Golden Rule
Do as you would be done by.
This combines the two ideas: " Principle of least harm - Choose the action that results in the least aggregate harm. " Utilitarianism (John Stuart Mill) - Achieve the greatest good for the greatest number of people.
The Triax - Philip Veasey
Kindness, Courage, Self-honesty
Kant's Categorical Imperatives - Immanuel Kant
1st "Act only on that maxim which you could will to be universal law."
2nd "Always treat other people as ends in themselves, never as means to an end."

Reports on SMP Development Events
So far, these consist of reports on ethical juries run by the project and notes on seminars