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 Moral Disagreement

Bernard Gert, Charles M. Culver and K. Danner Clouser

in Bioethics

Second edition

Published in print March 2006 | ISBN: 9780195159066
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199786466 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195159063.003.0003
  Moral Disagreement

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This chapter challenges the view that every moral question has a unique correct answer. The sources of unresolvable moral disagreement are the following four differences: (1) in the rankings of the goods (benefits) and evils (harms); (2) in estimates of the consequences of everyone knowing that violation of a moral rule is allowed in these circumstances; (3) in the interpretation of a moral rule; and (4) about who is protected by the moral rules. Important questions that do not have a unique correct answer are those concerning the best health care delivery system and the moral acceptability of abortion.

Keywords: ranking of goods and evils; scope of morality; interpretation of moral rules; abortion; Don Marquis; Mary Ann Warren

Chapter.  13643 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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