Bernard Gert

in Morality

Published in print February 2005 | ISBN: 9780195176896
Published online April 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780199835300 | DOI:

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This chapter distinguishes between morality — the informal public system that people use — usually implicitly, when making moral decisions and judgments, and a moral theory, which provides an explicit description, explanation, and justification of morality. It presents some examples of incorrect accounts of morality and moral theories, including an extended account of John Stuart Mill’s views, and then provides correct accounts of these. It also provides a preliminary account of excuses and of moral judgments.

Keywords: moral theory; public system; John Stuart Mill; moral judgments; excuses

Chapter.  14015 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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