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Ethics Without Principles

Jonathan Dancy


The book is in three parts. The first part discusses the nature of contributory reasons, set in the more general context of normative theory. It introduces and defends a distinction between reasons and enabling conditions, and considers some other roles that considerations that are morally relevant but not reasons might play. It also asks which meta-ethical positions have the tools necessary to capture the role of contributory reasons. The second part uses these results to argue for holism in the theory of reasons, and to construct an argument from that holism to particularism in ethics, which ... More

Keywords: contributory, enabling conditions, holism, moral epistemology, normative theory, particularism, reasons, value holism

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Print publication date: 2004 Print ISBN-13: 9780199270026
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2005 DOI:10.1093/0199270023.001.0001


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Jonathan Dancy, author
Department of Philosophy, University of Reading
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