Ethics Without Principles

ISBN-10: 0199297681
ISBN-13: 9780199297689
Edition: 2006
Authors: Jonathan Dancy
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Book details

List price: $44.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/24/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 240
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.25" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

Jonathan Dancy presents a long-awaited 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 on a form of reasons-holism, holding that what is a reason in one case need not be any reason in another, and maintaining that moral reasons are no different in this respect from others. He puts forward a distinctive form of value-holism to go with the holism of reasons, and he gives a detailed discussion, much needed, of the currently popular topic of 'contributory' reasons. Opposing positions of all sorts are summarized and criticized. Ethics Without Principles is the definitive statement of particularist ethical theory, and will be required reading for all those working on moral philosophy and ethical theory.

What are the options?
Catching the contributory
Contributory reasons
Beyond favouring
Dropping the catch
From holism to particularism
Holism and its consequences
Can holism be true?
Competing pictures
Knowing reasons
Holism in the theory of value
Intrinsic and extrinsic value
Are there organic unities?
Rationality, value, and meaning
Principles of rational valuing

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