Moral superiority


Moral superiority

Moral superiority is the belief or attitude that one's position and actions are justified by having higher moral values than one's political, religious or moral opponent; see "just war" concept.

The idea that moral superiority is possible is opposed by those who espouse moral equivalence, either in a specific conflict or in general.

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