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ORTEGA VILLASENOR, Humberto  and  QUINONES TRUJILLO, Genaro. Transformation of the Morality Concept: From Religious Origin to Technological Globalization. Alpha [online]. 2006, n.22, pp.143-166. ISSN 0718-2201.

Based on the analysis of a number of religious texts, this paper explores the possible natural origin of the moral dimension in human behavior, positing a common root of precepts for social life. This common root succeeds in preserving a harmonious communication between God, nature, human beings and community in auditory civilizations, prior to any written record. The prospect of finding this physical foundation to the moral dimension is enticing, because it opens the possibility of interpreting the organic and psychic qualities of human actions, and their consequences, by using the same natural laws that govern the existing world. This leads researchers to conjecture about the relational importance that any natural alteration would have into the dysfunction of the psychic-moral sphere, and to speculate on the transcendence of the scars left on our current mentality by the accelerated technological development that we have undergone in the last few centuries. Finally, the paper includes some counterbalancing reflections based on the same naturalist approach, which suggest a more nuanced and hopeful relativism to look at the present and the future.

Keywords : natural laws; moral behavior; religious language; alteration; decay; structure.

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