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Ethical Theory and Choice

Joel J. Kupperman

in Character

Published in print August 1995 | ISBN: 9780195096545
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199852918 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195096545.003.0004
Ethical Theory and Choice

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This chapter explores ways in which an ethical theory can develop through time and, in particular, variations in Kantian ethical theories. The chapter argues that a Kantian could say that we have duties to particular people as part of ongoing commitments, but an adequate and sufficient account of good and poor decisions in personal relationships cannot be based entirely on the categorical imperative, nor can we do justice to seriously wrong decisions by regarding them as violations of duty. Any ethical philosophy, which includes an adequate account of ongoing personal commitments, will have to recognize that our judgments of what is wrong are of more than one sort and are made, so to speak, in more than one kind of voice.

Keywords: ethical theory; Kantian ethics; ethical philosophy; Kant's theory; morality; ethical choice; reflection; explicit choice; choice

Chapter.  10427 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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