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What Can Philosophy Contribute To Ethics?

James Griffin


Ethics appears early in the life of a culture. It is not the creation of philosophers. Many philosophers today think that their job is to take the ethics of their society in hand, analyse it into parts, purge the bad ideas, and organize the good into a systematic moral theory. The philosophers’ ethics that results is likely to be very different from the culture’s raw ethics and, they think, being better, should replace it. But few of us, even among philosophers, settle real-life moral questions by consulting the Categorical Imperative or the Principle of Utility, largely because, if we do, we ... More

Keywords: ethics, moral theory, moral philosophers, Categorical Imperative, Principle of Utility, normative ethics, culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198748090
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198748090.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Griffin, author
University of Oxford