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Ethics without reasons?

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This paper is a discussion of Jonathan Dancy's book Ethics Without Principles (2004). Holism about reasons is distinguished into a weak version, which allows for invariant reasons, and a strong, which doesn't. Four problems with Dancy's arguments for strong holism are identified. (1) A plausible particularism based on it will be close to generalism. (2) Dancy rests his case on common-sense morality, without justifying it. (3) His examples are of non-ultimate reasons. (4) There are ce...

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Published
Peer review status:
Peer reviewed

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10.1177/1740468106072782

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
St Anne's College
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
Publisher:
Brill Publisher's website
Journal:
Journal of Moral Philosophy Journal website
Volume:
4
Issue:
1
Pages:
40-49
Publication date:
2007
DOI:
EISSN:
1745-5243
ISSN:
1740-4681
URN:
uuid:06f4b548-2cec-4bf4-bb55-6c624604eac2
Local pid:
ora:3463

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