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Rossian Ethics: W.D. Ross and Contemporary Moral Theory

David Phillips


This book has two connected aims. The first is to interpret and evaluate W. D. Ross’s ethics, focusing on the key elements of his moral theory: his introduction of the concept of prima facie duty, his limited pluralism about the right, and his limited pluralism about the good. The second is to articulate a distinctive view intermediate between consequentialism and absolutist deontology, “classical deontology.” According to classical deontology the most fundamental normative principles are principles of prima facie duty, principles which specify general kinds of reasons. Consequentialists are r ... More

Keywords: agent-relative reasons, consequentialism, deontology, ethics, moral theory, prima facie duty, reasons, W. D. Ross, Sidgwick, utilitarianism

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190602185
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190602185.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David Phillips, author
University of Houston

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