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Ethics without principles

Author: Jonathan Dancy
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2004.
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"Jonathan Dancy presents an exposition and defence of particularism in ethics, a view with which he has been associated for twenty years. He argues that the traditional link between morality and principles, or between being moral and having principles, is little more than a mistake. The possibility of moral thought and judgement does not in any way depend on an adequate supply of principles. Dancy grounds this claim  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jonathan Dancy
ISBN: 0199270023 9780199270026 0199297681 9780199297689
OCLC Number: 55622201
Description: x, 229 pages ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. What are the options? --
2. Contributory reasons --
3. Beyond favouring --
4. Dropping the catch --
5. Holism and its consequences --
6. Can holism be true? --
7. Competing pictures --
8. Knowing reasons --
9. Intrinsic and extrinsic value --
10. Are there organic unities? --
11. Rationality, value, and meaning --
12. Principles of rational valuing.
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Presents an exposition and defence of particularism in ethics. The author's controversial claim, argued, is that the traditional link between morality and principles, or between being moral and  Read more...

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The book is high-octane philosophy. The structure is clear, the writing elegant, the argument peppered with outlooks into other areas of philosophy. A formidable experience. * Christopher Fehige, Read more...

 
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