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Building a Better Theory

Manuel Vargas

in Building Better Beings

Published in print January 2013 | ISBN: 9780199697540
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748851 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697540.003.0005
Building a Better Theory

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This chapter explains the principles governing revisionist theory construction and a characterization of some of the core elements (such as blame and desert) that govern the account. It introduces a distinction between repurposing and systematic revisionism, arguing that there are good reasons to favor systematic revisionism. It also introduces the ideas of a standard of naturalistic adequacy, the idea of the “work” of the concept of moral responsibility, and the relationship of revisionism to reflective equilibrium. It also considers the question of relativism about moral responsibility.

Keywords: revisionism; relativism; philosophical methodology; theory construction; reflective equilibrium; blame; metaethics

Chapter.  14157 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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