Decisions of Principle

R. M. Hare

in The Language of Morals

Published in print March 1963 | ISBN: 9780198810773
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597619 | DOI:
 Decisions of Principle

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Analyses the interaction between principles and decisions in moral deliberation as well as in education. Hare gives three reasons for our inevitable employment of principles, and argues that principles ultimately arise from decisions. Thus, a complete justification of a decision to act can never be given in terms of principles alone but requires the justification of these principles in terms of their effects, which can only be provided in terms of a decision to accept the way of life the principles are a part of. To make a value‐judgement is equally to make such a decision of principle.

Keywords: decisions; justification; moral deliberation; moral education; moral judgement; principles; value‐judgement

Chapter.  8198 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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