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Between universalism and skepticism : ethics as social artifact

Responsibility Michael Philips
Material Type Book
Publisher New York : Oxford University Press
Year 1994
Language English
Size 213 p. ; 24 cm
Abstract Philips defends a middle ground between the view that there is a set of standards binding on rational beings as such (universalism) and the view that differences in morals reduce ultimately to matters...of taste (skepticism). He begins with a sustained critique of universalist moral theories and some familiar approaches to concrete moral questions that presuppose them (most appeals to intuitions, respect for person's moralities, and versions of contractarianism and wide reflective equilibrium). He goes on to criticize major recent attempts to develop nonuniversalist alternatives to skepticism, arguing that they rely on excessively abstract and philosophically indefensible preference satisfaction theories of the good. According to Philips's positive alternative, moral standards are justified to the extent that they support reasonably valued ways of life. He devotes considerable attention to clarifying this idea and draws conclusions from it about the role and limits of reason in ethics. Philips's theory provides us with a theoretical basis for dealing with actual moral controversies and for approaching questions of applied and professional ethics in a systematic way. show more


Central Library 2C_1‐14 068052195018667 哲学/404-E/258 1994

Central Library 4C_1‐135 068152194007017 Z 10/P/5 1994

Bibliographic details

Notes Includes bibliographical references and index
Authors *Philips, Michael
Subjects LCSH:Ethics
Classification LCC:BJ1012
ID 1000061347
ISBN 0195086465
NCID BA21914609
Vol ISBN:0195086465
Created Date 2009.09.10
Modified Date 2009.09.10

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