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Reconciling Our Aims: In Search of Bases for Ethics

Allan Gibbard


This book represents the Berkeley Tanner Lectures given by the ethical theorist, Allan Gibbard. It explores the nature of normative thought and the bases of ethics. The first chapter explores the role of intuitions in moral thinking and offers a way of thinking about the intuitive method of moral inquiry that both places this activity within the natural world and makes sense of it as an indispensable part of our lives as planners. The next two chapters take up the kind of substantive ethical inquiry that was described in the first chapter, asking how we might live together on terms that none o ... More

Keywords: normative thought, ethics, intuitions, moral thinking, intuitive method, moral inquiry, ethical inquiry, cooperation, utilitarianism, Kant

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2008 Print ISBN-13: 9780195370423
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195370423.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Allan Gibbard, author
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor