Slightly elaborated definition of moral courage

“Capacity or tendency to apply moral effort (Kmac) to overcome stress in the pursuit of moral foundations (Haidt).” Mathematically: Moral courage = Virtue * Stress. So if we also say Vice = 1 / Virtue, we also have Moral Courage = Stress / Vice, which in plain English means “the more stress it takes to break down your self-control, the more moral courage you have.”

Prove me wrong. What’s nice about stress is you can measure it en masse using vices as a proxy, which is a prima facie case for my definition. But we’d have to break that out into things like acute stress, chronic stress, fear, pain, etc.

>Googles “measurement of fear”
>NSA be like “raise the threat level on that one”

If it doesn’t make you cackle it’s not real science.

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7 Responses to Slightly elaborated definition of moral courage

  1. "Cant math this!" - MC Squared says:

    Are stress and virtue flipped in this?
    It takes infinite moral courage to make a virtuous choice when there is no stress?

  2. walt says:

    How are you defining vices and virtues?
    Your own definition, or some others?

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      In the abstract, unmeasurable sense: each individual’s superego. In practical, measurable terms…that’s what we need to figure out. Some of the vagueness is intentional for theoretical clarity, but most is because I haven’t figured it out yet.

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