Moral Significance

Jonathan Bennett

in The Act Itself

Published in print March 1998 | ISBN: 9780198237914
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597077 | DOI:
 Moral Significance

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The making/allowing distinction tends to be accompanied by three other considerations that do have moral significance: ease of avoidance, motive, and knowability of consequences. Much discussion of making/allowing is based on intuitions about contrasted pairs of cases—a procedure that has dangers against which this chapter warns. Any thesis to the effect that making/allowing sometimes makes a moral difference is a sign of uncompleted work; the result is not interesting until we know the differentia.

Keywords: allowing; intuition; making; moral significance

Chapter.  4897 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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