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Principled Ethics: Generalism as a Regulative Ideal

Sean McKeever and Michael Ridge


Moral philosophy has long treated principles as indispensable for understanding its subject matter. However, the underlying assumption that this is the best approach has received almost no defence, and has been attacked by particularists who argue that the traditional link between morality and principles is little more than an unwarranted prejudice. This book meets this particularist challenge head on and defends a distinctive view called ‘generalism as a regulative ideal’. After cataloguing the wide array of views that have gone under the heading ‘particularism’, the reasons why the main part ... More

Keywords: particularism, generalism, moral reasons, moral principles, holism, Jonathan Dancy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2006 Print ISBN-13: 9780199290659
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2006 DOI:10.1093/0199290652.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sean McKeever, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Davidson College, North Carolina.
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Michael Ridge, author
University of Edinburgh
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