A short list of universal moral values

Richard T. Kinnier, Jerry L. Kernes, Therese M. Dautheribes

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There may be virtual worldwide consensus on a few universal moral values like the Golden Rule. In this article, the authors argue that diversity and universality can coexist within the human community. Toward that goal, they construct a short list of universal moral values. Validation of these values is based on nomination by their frequent citation in previously published lists and endorsement by most of the major world religions and well-known secular organizations (i.e., the United Nations). Implications for counseling are discussed.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4-16
Number of pages13
JournalCounseling and Values
Issue number1
StatePublished - Oct 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Religious studies


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