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    #1

    mora of vs mora to

    Quote from a Harvard open course:
    Well one thing is the question, is walking an essential part of golf? And the very fact that deciding whether there is a right for Casey Martin that the PGA must respect, seems to depend, as Aristotle suggests it must, on debating and resolving the question, is walking essential to the game of golf? Thatís one moral of the story. But thereís a second moral to the story, from an Aristotelian point of view, whatís at stake here, this is the second Aristotelian stake in this debate, is honor.
    My question is what's the difference between "moral of" and "moral to".
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    #2

    Re: mora of vs mora to

    There isn't much difference, but "the moral of the story" is the common and standard/set phrase.
    Have a look here:
    http://dictionary.cambridge.org/dict.../british/moral
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de.../english/moral

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    #3

    Re: mora of vs mora to

    The writing, if accurately quoted, is terrible.

    It suggests Aristotle wondered whether golf was a walking game. And the sentence about the second moral is a mess.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    #4

    Re: mora of vs mora to

    These are apparently transcripts of oral lectures.

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    #5

    Re: mora of vs mora to

    The speaker might be using moral to as it's a moral that is less obvious, so it's almost being added by the speaker.

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    #6

    Re: mora of vs mora to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post

    It suggests Aristotle wondered whether golf was a walking game.
    "Golf is a good walk spoiled" - Mark Twain.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: mora of vs mora to

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The writing, if accurately quoted, is terrible.

    It suggests Aristotle wondered whether golf was a walking game. And the sentence about the second moral is a mess.
    I think the lecturer is taking golf as an example to illustrate Aristotle's teleological reasoning. Because it's a spoken lecture ,the language may not be perfect , some of the sentences , as you pointed out, are even ungrammatical.

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