Moral Principles

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2014-12-18
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic

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The history of moral philosophy has been dominated by attempts to find and defend the correct moral principle or set of principles. However, over the last two decades the assumption that morality can and should be understood in terms of principles has come under attack from several quarters. The most radical attack has come from so-called moral particularists according to whom principles are at best useless and at worst a hindrance to successful moral reasoning and action.

Why should and how can morality be based on principles? These are the leading questions of this book. Moral Principles offers a historically informed, in-depth examination of the current particularist/generalist debate and presents a novel account of the place of principles in our moral thought and action.

Author Biography

Maike Albertzart is Research Associate at the Institut für Philosophie, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany.

Table of Contents

Part I: Moral Particularism
1. From Scepticism about Moral Principles to Particularism
2. The Current Particularist/Generalist Debate
3. The Particularist Challenge
Part II: Three Recent Attempts to Defend Moral Principles

4. Dancy’s Generalist’s Critics
5. Moral Principles and Practical Reasoning
Part III: The Nature and Roles of Moral Principles
6. Moral Principles: Indeterminate and Defeasible
7. Moral Principles and the Activity of Moral Judgement
8. Moral Principles and the Capacity of Moral Judgement

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