Theory, practice, and moral reasoning

In David Copp (ed.), The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory. Oxford University Press. pp. 624--644 (2006)
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The chapter discusses the various ways in which ethical theory and moral practice relate to one another. Various proposals are discussed and evaluated, such as that the relation is a deductive one, that the relation is one of norm-specification, or that the theory provides multiple moral principles that must be balanced against one another. The author makes some suggestions on how the relation between theory and practice should be understood.

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