Chapter

Puffing Up the Capacity

JOHN E. HARE

in The Moral Gap

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.003.0005

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Puffing Up the Capacity

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This chapter examines a strategy for bridging the moral gap that involves exaggerating man’s capacity to fit the moral demand or reducing the moral demand to fit man’s capacity. It explains that the idea behind this strategy is to concede that if the moral demand is binding upon people then they must have the capacity to live by it. This chapter argues against the claim that if all beliefs were vivid people would tend to conform to the impartial standard that utilitarian morality requires.

Keywords: moral demand; moral gap; man’s capacity; utilitarian morality; utilitarianism

Chapter.  8030 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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