Reducing the Demand


in The Moral Gap

Published in print May 1997 | ISBN: 9780198269571
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191683701 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Theological Ethics

Reducing the Demand

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This chapter examines a strategy for bridging the moral gap that involves reducing moral demand. It analyses claims that impartiality is not always required in moral judgement and suggests that these claims can be seen as driving a wedge between the two formulations of Immanuel Kant’s categorical imperative. This chapter explores the possibility that a person can make the ends of another person his ends not because that other person is a centre of rational agency, but because that person is related to him in some special way. It discusses feminist objections to universalism in ethics.

Keywords: moral gap; moral demand; moral judgement; impartiality; Immanuel Kant; categorical imperative; universalism; ethics

Chapter.  12819 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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