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Moral ThinkingIts Levels, Method, and Point$
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R. M. Hare

Print publication date: 1981

Print ISBN-13: 9780198246602

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198246609.001.0001

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1 Introduction
Moral Thinking

R. M. Hare

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The task of moral philosophy is to help us think better about what we ought to do. This can be primarily accomplished by improvements in rationality and our capability to understand the proper structure of moral reasoning. Hare's project is shaped by three methodological points. Firstly, the best prospect for dealing with moral questions is to study the meaning and logical properties of moral terms. Secondly, the prescriptivist utilitarian account advanced in this book deals with both normative‐ethical and metaethical considerations. Thirdly, Hare attempts to show why intuitionism as a moral theory ought to be rejected.

Keywords:   intuitionism, moral philosophy, moral reasoning, moral terms, rationality, utilitarianism

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