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Value and ContextThe Nature of Moral and Political Knowledge$
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Alan Thomas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198250177.001.0001

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Tradition Based Moral Enquiry

Tradition Based Moral Enquiry

(p.225) 9 Tradition Based Moral Enquiry
Value and Context

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This chapter explains how a contextualist can argue for rationality both within a tradition of moral enquiry and, equally importantly, across such traditions. An essential part of the latter task is reiterating why, in some cases, an apparent challenge to our ethical outlook does not constitute a challenge at all. The work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor are considered, in order to argue that in so far as their tradition-based models of moral reasoning are plausible, they instantiate contextualism.

Keywords:   moral reasoning, moral enquiry, contextualism, moral knowledge, Alasdair MacIntyre, Charles Taylor

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