On Truth in Ethics


in The Ideal of a Rational Morality

Published in print January 2003 | ISBN: 9780198250210
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191681264 | DOI:
On Truth in Ethics

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This chapter proposes that ethical statements or judgements are ‘capable of truth’. It outlines the three formal properties of truth and argues that although truth may be ascertained differently in ethics, and the obstacles to obtaining it may be greater or of a different dimension, its formal properties are the same regardless. It concludes that truth in ethics is what it is elsewhere in its formal properties; that is, in its essential respects.

Keywords: moral truth; ethics; moral principles; ethical judgements; moral judgements; rational morality

Chapter.  4064 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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