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Testing ethical theories

Journal of Philosophy 63 (9):234-238 (1966)

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  1. The Social‐Contract Strategy for the Justification of Moral Principles.Aharon F. Kleinberger - 1976 - Journal of Moral Education 5 (2):107-126.
    Abstract: Rawls? arguments in defence of his claim to derive principles of morality and justice from his hypothetical? original position? are critically examined and found to be unconvincing. In particular, it is pointed out that a theory of justice cannot be at one and the same time (a) descriptive?explanatory and therefore tested against people's actual judgments in particular cases, and (b) prescriptive?justificatory and therefore providing rationally derived principles against which people's actual judgments are tested for correctness. Rawls? attempt to conflate (...)
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