Monism, Pluralism, and Conflict

Michael Stocker

in Plural and Conflicting Values

Published in print October 1992 | ISBN: 9780198240556
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191598463 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 Monism, Pluralism, and Conflict

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Examines the proposal that value conflict generally requires plural values, and finds that it is correct, but only about a kind of rational conflict, which is rational conflict restricted to practicable options. The focus is on kinds of conflict and whether monism is apt to handle them. The discussion lays out the intricacies of conflict, and its relation to time, agency, and differential care. It is concluded that only pluralism can allow for the lack and loss involved in rational conflict over practicable options.

Keywords: conflict; monism; pluralism

Chapter.  15805 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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