Stealing from a baby? Legal, but immoral. Going 2 mph over the speed limit? Illegal, but not immoral. Which came first: compliance or ethics? UCF Department of Philosophy faculty member Dr. Jonathan Beever and associate professor of chemistry and optics Dr. Stephen M. Kuebler discussed this in a column on UCF Today.
“We might tend to think that laws originate from moral convictions about what is right and wrong. But there are many interesting examples that challenge the perception that laws extend from morals,” they say.