Justifying Violations

Bernard Gert

in Morality

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

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This chapter provides an account of the morally relevant features that determine what counts as the same kind of violation. It is the first step of the two-step procedure for deciding whether that kind of violation is strongly justified, weakly justified, or unjustified. These morally relevant features, e.g., the desires and beliefs of the persons toward whom the rule is being violated, whether there are morally preferable alternatives, and whether the situation is an emergency, are discussed in detail. The second step of the two-step procedure, considering whether one would publicly allow the violation, is compared with Kant’s categorical imperative.

Keywords: violation; Kant; categorical imperative

Chapter.  14055 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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