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Principled Ethics: Generalism as a Regulative Ideal

Sean McKeever and Michael Ridge

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199290659
eISBN:
9780191603617
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199290652.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Moral philosophy has long treated principles as indispensable for understanding its subject matter. However, the underlying assumption that this is the best approach has received almost no defence, ... More


Default Reasons

Sean McKeever and Michael Ridge

in Principled Ethics: Generalism as a Regulative Ideal

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199290659
eISBN:
9780191603617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199290652.003.0003
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Because of its extremely ecumenical view of what considerations might count as reasons, particularism threatens to ‘flatten the moral landscape’ by making it seem that there is no deep difference ... More


Practical Reality

Jonathan Dancy

Published in print:
2002
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780199253050
eISBN:
9780191597282
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199253056.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Practical Reality is about the relation between the reasons why we do things and the reasons why we should. It claims that, in order to understand this relation, we have to abandon ... More


Many Moral Particularisms

Sean McKeever and Michael Ridge

in Principled Ethics: Generalism as a Regulative Ideal

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199290659
eISBN:
9780191603617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199290652.003.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

This chapter identifies moral particularism as a family of theses all of which involve some sort of negative assessment of moral principles. Family members are distinguished by the different negative ... More


Scanlon versus Moore on Goodness

Philip Stratton-Lake and Brad Hooker

in Metaethics after Moore

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199269914
eISBN:
9780191710032
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199269914.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter offers a partial defence of Scanlon's buck-passing account of the relation between base properties, goodness, and practical reasons. Jonathan Dancy and Roger Crisp have both argued that ... More


Contours of the Practical Landscape

David McNaughton and Piers Rawling

in Thinking About Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199604678
eISBN:
9780191759062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604678.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

Jonathan Dancy is renowned both for his moral particularism and his reasons holism. In certain formulations the two positions are closely related, if not identical. We focus on holism, as extended to ... More


Why There Really Are No Irreducibly Normative Properties

Bart Streumer

in Thinking About Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199604678
eISBN:
9780191759062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604678.003.0015
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

This paper defends Frank Jackson’s argument against irreducibly normative properties from attacks by Jonathan Dancy and other non-naturalist moral realists. Jackson argues that since normative ... More


The Ideal of Orthonomous Action, or the How and Why of Buck-Passing

Michael Smith

in Thinking About Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199604678
eISBN:
9780191759062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604678.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

This paper argues that ideal actions are instances of ‘orthonomous’ actions: actions motivated by an intention an agent forms as a result of exercising his capacity to recognize and respond to such ... More


Thinking About Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy

David Bakhurst, Brad Hooker, and Margaret Olivia Little (eds)

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199604678
eISBN:
9780191759062
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604678.001.0001
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

This book is a collection of work on topics in ethics and the philosophy of action, inspired in one way or another by the work of Jonathan Dancy—one of his generation's most influential moral ... More


In Defence of Non-Deontic Reasons

Margaret Olivia Little

in Thinking About Reasons: Themes from the Philosophy of Jonathan Dancy

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
September 2013
ISBN:
9780199604678
eISBN:
9780191759062
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199604678.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology, Moral Philosophy

It is widely held that reasons, by their very nature, are the sort of thing it is wrong not to follow unless one has stronger justification to do otherwise. Dancy famously argues against this ... More


Principles, Rules, and Virtue Claims

Nick Fotion

in Theory vs. Anti-Theory in Ethics: A Misconceived Conflict

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
June 2014
ISBN:
9780199373529
eISBN:
9780199373543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199373529.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Particularists (e.g. Jonathan Dancy) threaten the status of theory formation by threatening the status of rules, principles and virtue claims. They do so by introducing into the discussion the ... More


Thick Evaluation

Simon Kirchin

in Thick Evaluation

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
December 2017
ISBN:
9780198803430
eISBN:
9780191841613
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198803430.003.0006
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Having dismissed two other anti-separationist strategies, this chapter presents the best way of attacking separationism and articulating nonseparationism. It is denied that thick concepts can be ... More


What Is a Reason to Act?

Kieran Setiya

in Practical Knowledge: Selected Essays

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
October 2016
ISBN:
9780190462925
eISBN:
9780190462949
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190462925.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

This chapter argues for a conception of reasons as premises of practical reasoning. A reason to act is a premise for sound reasoning to the desire or motivation to act. This view allows for reasons ... More


Not Sufficiently Neutral?

Richard Rowland

in The Normative and the Evaluative: The Buck-Passing Account of Value

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198833611
eISBN:
9780191872044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833611.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

Jonathan Dancy, Ulrike Heuer, Jonas Olson, and others have argued that there is reason to reject the buck-passing account of value (BPA) because of its implications for first-order normative ethics. ... More


The Buck-Passing Account and The No-Priority View

Richard Rowland

in The Normative and the Evaluative: The Buck-Passing Account of Value

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198833611
eISBN:
9780191872044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833611.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

According to the No-Priority View (NPV), what it is to be a reason for a pro-attitude cannot be analysed in terms of value but neither can what it is to be good or of value be analysed in terms of ... More


Too Little Value?

Richard Rowland

in The Normative and the Evaluative: The Buck-Passing Account of Value

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
April 2019
ISBN:
9780198833611
eISBN:
9780191872044
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198833611.003.0007
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

According to the Buck-Passing Account (BPA), for X to be good is for there to be reasons for everyone to have pro-attitudes in response to X. Suppose that there are birds that are in a great amount ... More


What Are We to Believe?

Torbjörn Tännsjö

in Taking Life: Three Theories on the Ethics of Killing

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
June 2015
ISBN:
9780190225575
eISBN:
9780190225605
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190225575.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, General

Utilitarianism has fared better than the competing theories. Yet there is one intuition it cannot cater for: it is wrong to kill a person, even if it is in his own best interest, where he knows ... More


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