The paradoxical relationship between morality and moral worth

Metaphilosophy 36 (4):490-500 (2005)
If the social environment were arranged so that most people in the West could, with relatively little effort, be morally good to a reasonable degree, would this be a good thing? I claim that it is not entirely obvious that we should say yes. This is no idle question: mainstream Western social morality today seems to be approaching the prospect for a morality that is not taxing. This question has substantial theoretical interest because exploring it will help us understand the paradoxical relationship between morality and moral worth
Keywords moral worth  paradoxical.  paradox  moral demands  morality
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DOI 10.1111/j.1467-9973.2005.00386.x
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