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MORAL INDIVIDUALISM: AUTONOMY AND AGREEMENT

Ingmar Persson

in The Retreat of Reason

Published in print November 2005 | ISBN: 9780199276905
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191603198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199276900.003.0029
 							MORAL INDIVIDUALISM: AUTONOMY AND AGREEMENT

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Moral individualism is the doctrine that rationality leaves room for the individualities or personalities of subjects to express themselves in the moral realm in an autonomous choice between idealism and fulfilment-maximization. By leaving this room for autonomy, moral individualism avoids some objections that have been launched, by Bernard Williams in particular, against monistic theories like utilitarianism. On the other hand, moral individualism also provides a great deal of space for moral disagreement. The chapter ends by pointing to some factors that enable us to enter into agreements that could limit the extent of this disagreement.

Keywords: agreements; autonomy; moral disagreement; moral individualism; utilitarianism; Bernard William

Chapter.  3251 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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