From Prudence to Morality

James Griffin

in Well-Being

Published in print December 1988 | ISBN: 9780198248439
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597558 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Paperbacks

 From Prudence to Morality

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Morality must be rooted in the natural sources of human action. What are they? For instance, how are morality and self‐interest related? How are morality and personal aims related (a question to which Bernard Williams has given a well‐known answer in terms of internal and external reasons)? How are morality and rationality related (a question to which Kant, R.M. Hare, Bentham, Mill, and decision theorists have given important answers)? The chapter ends with a sketch of the relation of prudence and morality.

Keywords: Jeremy Bentham; decision theory; external reasons; R.M. Hare; Immanuel Kant; internal reasons; John Stuart Mill; self‐interest; Bernard Williams

Chapter.  14434 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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