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Value Judgement: Improving Our Ethical Beliefs

James Griffin


The book asks how, and how much, we can improve our ethical standards—not lift our behaviour closer to our standards but refine the standards themselves. To answer this question requires answering most of the major questions of ethics. So the book includes a discussion of what a good life is like, where the bounds of the natural world come, how values relate to that world (e.g. naturalism, realism), how great human capacities—the ones important to ethics—are, and where moral norms come from. Throughout the book, the question of what philosophy can contribute to ethics arises. Philosophical tra ... More

Keywords: coherentism, deontology, ethical intuition, ethical naturalism, ethical realism, ethics, reflective equilibrium, the good life, utilitarianism, values, virtue ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1998 Print ISBN-13: 9780198752318
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198752318.001.0001


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James Griffin, author
University of Oxford
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