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Theory, Practice, and Moral Reasoning

Gerald Dworkin

Edited by David Copp

in The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147797
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785841 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195147790.003.0023

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Theory, Practice, and Moral Reasoning

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The chapter discusses the various ways in which ethical theory and moral practice relate to one another. Various proposals are discussed and evaluated, such as that the relation is a deductive one, that the relation is one of norm-specification, or that the theory provides multiple moral principles that must be balanced against one another. The author makes some suggestions on how the relation between theory and practice should be understood.

Keywords: ethical theory; moral practice; moral principles; balancing; particularism; pluralism; practical reasoning; casuistry

Chapter.  9468 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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