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Tradition Based Moral Enquiry

Alan Thomas

in Value and Context

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780198250173
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604072 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250177.003.0010
 Tradition Based Moral Enquiry

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This chapter explains how a contextualist can argue for rationality both within a tradition of moral enquiry and, equally importantly, across such traditions. An essential part of the latter task is reiterating why, in some cases, an apparent challenge to our ethical outlook does not constitute a challenge at all. The work of Alasdair MacIntyre and Charles Taylor are considered, in order to argue that in so far as their tradition-based models of moral reasoning are plausible, they instantiate contextualism.

Keywords: moral reasoning; moral enquiry; contextualism; moral knowledge; Alasdair MacIntyre; Charles Taylor

Chapter.  12044 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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