I read a German post on alignment – Gesinnung — Ja, welche denn and liked his approach. He basically postulates three different interpretations:
Up to now I started new campaigns by explaining that I wanted to avoid the discussion of ethics and get on with the game. I’ve also started asking my players Jeff’s question: The end of the world has come – Thor fights the Fenrir wolf! Do you take sides or do you grab the gold and run? It has worked just fine until now, but I see that my players still slip into the other categories – specially if we have paladins in the party. Perhaps I should preface this by alignment by the three categories mentioned above and make it even more explicit.