Moral liberty

that liberty of choice which is essential to moral responsibility.

See also: Liberty

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In conclusion, in spite of the surprising expressions found in the encyclical Libertas and their obvious limitations, it has to be noted that Leo XIII valued personal moral liberty.
Moral liberty was the freedom to choose to do the right thing as prescribed by the Bible.
The logic of moral liberty remained intact and the end goal of philosophical inquiry remained the same: salvation.
The revivalists preached moral liberty and shared the Puritan belief that the state was a legitimate tool of moral improvement.
But let us leave behind the question of whether one argues from a philosophical hole or a philosophical hill in choosing as one's first premise a right against punishment as opposed to a right that matches one's legal liberty to one's moral liberty.
In such "moral ties," it is plausible to think that one is at moral liberty to choose because no choice is better or worse than its alternatives.
Rule-consequentialism therefore holds out the possibility that one may be at moral liberty to do acts that fail to maximize good consequences.
In Vices Are Not Crimes: A Vindication of Moral Liberty, by Lysander Spooner.
He also explores social conservatism's effects on liberty, specifically individual moral liberty.
Henriot points out in the Conclusion that Chinese prostitution sheds little light on the question of sexuality, largely because of the paradox in which Chinese men "enjoyed a degree of moral liberty that had no equivalent in JudeoChristian culture" while "sexuality in China remained a taboo subject that was routinely passed over in various writings on prostitution" (pp.
A new conservative Supreme Court, which disturbs us greatly, is now embarked upon an agenda to greatly restrict individual moral liberty in the name of good.
In the second part of the work Stendhal presents his views, considered radical at the time, against marriage and favoring the full education and moral liberty of women.