Developing Deontology: New Essays in Ethical Theory by Brad Hooker

By Brad Hooker

Developing Deontology includes six new essays in moral idea by means of prime modern ethical philosophers. every one essay considers options favourite within the improvement of deontological methods to ethics, and those essays provide a useful contribution to that improvement.

  • Essays are contributed through Michael Smith, Philip Stratton-Lake, Ralph Wedgewood, David Owens, Peter Vallentyne, and Elizabeth Harman - all prime modern ethical philosophers
  • Each essay deals an unique and formerly unpublished contribution to the subject
  • A major addition to the sphere for someone with an curiosity within the improvement of deontology
  • The assortment is edited through a number one philosophical scholar

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Given that any moral theory, in so far as it aims to provide the fundamental moral principles or principle, should provide principles of this form – that is, principles that pick out recommenders rather than simply provide recommendations – any attempt to reduce a Rossian pluralism to a single principle of moral reasons must pick out a single feature that provides a plausible account of all four reasons. At the very least a failure to do so will be a strong pro tanto consideration against the reductive theory, for in this respect it will have lost much of the simplicity the Rossian theory has, despite the gain in simplicity gained by the reduction itself.

But it is much harder to present a plausible monistic reduction if we are starting with principles of moral reasons. This is because the facts picked out by these principles must be able to be reasons in the four different ways I have outlined above. What I want to do now is briefly illustrate how this form of deontological pluralism makes it harder to subsume the plurality of basic moral principles under a single principle in a plausible way by showing how it deals with a particular subsumptive strategy employed by consequentialists.

That would make my helping you in this way something I owe to you. This in turn would be sufficient warrant the claim that by failing to press the fuse switch I not only act wrongly, but wrong you. RECALCITRANT PLURALISM 27 Principles of moral reasons also pick out the reason an individual has to resent my failure to do what I ought. These features are the same as the reason why I ought to do the acts I failed to do. In relation to A it is the fact that I promised him that I would do a certain act, and in relation to B it is the fact that he did me a favour in the past.

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