Moral Principles

Rules of action or guidelines for behavior which arise from a given moral system.

According to Louis Pojman moral (or normative) principles can be distinguished into at least two types:

'Second Order Principles' are reflected in the particular moral norms of a society while the 'First Order Principles' motivate them. Pojman believes the 'Second Order Principles' are sufficient for a minimal Objectivist account of morality.