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Making Morality Work

Holly M. Smith


Moral theories can play both a theoretical and a practical role. As theories, they provide accounts of which features make actions right or wrong. In practice, they provide standards by which we guide our choices. Regrettably, limits on human knowledge often prevent people from using traditional moral theories to make decisions. Decision makers labor under false beliefs, or they are ignorant or uncertain about the circumstances and consequences of their possible actions. An agent so hampered cannot successfully use her chosen moral theory as a decision-guide. This book examines three major str ... More

Keywords: decision-making, decision-guides, epistemic problem, false beliefs, ignorance, moral theories, practical guidance, uncertainty

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780199560080
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199560080.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Holly M. Smith, author
Distinguished Professor of Philosophy, Rutgers University