Bernard Gert

in Common Morality

Published in print September 2004 | ISBN: 9780195173710
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785926 | DOI:

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This introduction discusses the areas of widespread agreement about morality, and lists those features of rational human nature that account for it. The sources of unresolvable moral disagreement, e.g., different rational rankings of the goods (benefits) and evils (harms), and different views about the scope of morality, are described. The strong analogy between morality and grammar is used to explain how to know what counts as morally acceptable without being able to state this explicitly.

Keywords: moral agreement; moral disagreement; rankings; human nature; grammar

Chapter.  4790 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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