The Legacy of Fire
Alignment is a curious creature; it summarizes the philosophy and morality of a person, and yet no two characters with the same alignment are exactly alike. Still, alignment says much about a character’s soul and the way she interacts with others.
Each alignment has a list of philosophies or doctrines that characters may follow, together with a list of core concepts to bear in mind while playing a character of a given alignment. You could decide that one word is particularly crucial to your character—be that justice, greed, or self. You’ll find that some of these words appear in more than one alignment. To one person, “freedom” may mean freedom for herself and others, while to another, it may mean freedom to take what she wants.
There are many different viewpoints on alignment, both from individual players and those who write the rules we play with. Well most people have a general consensus on what it means to be Good or Evil, the Law and Chaos spectrum is another matter entirely. To the extent that in 4E WotC decided to get rid of them entirely, where Lawful Good means Very Good and Chaotic Evil means Very Evil; Lawful Evil and Chaotic Good no longer exist.
Well, I think that’s stupid! However, the core rulebook for Pathfinder in my opinion isn’t all that much better. The descriptions are not clear and are sometimes even contradictory. There is no right or wrong, alignment is an arbitrary system to describe very complex ideas. But I think its important for the players to at least know where I stand on alignment. Below are the updated entries from Paizo’s Ultimate Campaign, which I think are pretty good.