Rules of action or guidelines for behavior which arise from a given moral system.
According to Louis Pojman moral
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.
- First Order Principles - which guide attitudes within a given social context, and
- Second Order Principles - which guide actions within a given social context.