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“Do you have a conscience?” There was a time when this would have been a question that was immediately intelligible to people, like asking whether a person holding a ball can throw it. For much of the history of philosophy—that ancient Greek invention—the name for what allows one to stay in touch with moral principles in the midst of particular decisions was “conscience” (Langston 2001). To ask whether I have a conscience was tantamount to asking whether I can keep my decisions moral, whether I was capable of being a mature human being. Since morality is the domain of duties of humanity within the larger ethical pursuit of the good life—that is, since the moral is a necessary condition on living an ethical (good) life—to ask whether I have a conscience was tantamount to asking whether I can be ethical at all (Bendik-Keymer 2013). Serious stuff.
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Bendik-Keymer, Jeremy (2012) ""Do You Have a Conscience?"," The International Journal of Ethical Leadership: Vol. 1 , Article 14. Available at: https://scholarlycommons.law.case.edu/ijel/vol1/iss1/14