R. M. Hare

in Freedom and Reason

Published in print June 1965 | ISBN: 9780198810926
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597589 | DOI:

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Establishes that aesthetic judgements are universalizable and addresses the problem of delimiting moral from aesthetic and evaluative questions. It is argued that there are at least two kinds of grounds on which someone might claim to know what the best thing to do is: interests and ideals. The question of ideals is elaborated in the subsequent discussion. It is argued that when interests are not concerned, conflicts between ideals are (unproblematically) not susceptible to much in the way of argument; conflicts between interests, if ideals are not involved, can be reconciled by means of the moral reasoning generated by the logic of moral terms.

Keywords: aesthetic judgments; ideals; interests

Chapter.  7162 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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