Three‐Dimensional Morality

John Kekes

in Enjoyment

Published in print August 2008 | ISBN: 9780199546923
Published online January 2009 | e-ISBN: 9780191720109 | DOI:
 Three‐Dimensional Morality

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Morality has universal, social, and personal dimensions. The context of enjoyment and styles of life is the personal dimension. The goods and conventions of these dimensions often conflict and none is overriding. There is no universally and impartially applicable blueprint for the reasonable resolution of such conflicts. Reasonable conflict-resolutions differ from case to case. The moralist, relativist, and egoist approaches to conflict-resolution are flawed. The right approach is pluralist and particularist. The conflicts of Eleazar and Flaubert are discussed.

Keywords: dimensions; conflict-resolution; pluralism; goods; conventions; moralism relativism; egoism; Eleazar; Hampshire's Flaubert

Chapter.  9785 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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