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The Limits of Moral Authority

Dale Dorsey


In this book, the author considers one of the most fundamental questions in philosophical ethics: to what extent are the demands of morality normatively authoritative over us and our lives? Must we conform to moral requirements? Most who have addressed this question have treated the normative significance of morality as simply a fact to be explained. But Dorsey argues that this traditional assumption is misguided. According to Dorsey, not only are we not required to conform to moral demands, conforming to morality’s demands will not always even be normatively permissible—moral behavior can be ... More

Keywords: morality, normativity, ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780198728900
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198728900.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dale Dorsey, author
University of Kansas