In Ulrika Heuer Gerald Lang (ed.), Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes from the Moral Philosophy of Bernard Williams. Oxford University Press (2012)

Authors
Gerald Lang
University of Leeds
Brad Hooker
University of Reading
Abstract
Bernard Williams influentially attacked ethical theory. This paper assesses arguments for the ‘anti-theory’ position in ethics, including mainly arguments put forward by Williams but also arguments put forward by others. The paper begins by discussing what is supposed to be theory in ethics and what ethical intuitions are taken to be by those involved in the theory versus anti-theory debate. Then the paper responds to the objections that ethical theory is mistaken to prize principles, mistaken to prize rationalism, mistaken to presume or prize foundational unity, mistaken to presume morality is deeply impartial, mistaken to presume to tell agents how to deliberate, mistaken to presume or prize ethical codifiability, mistaken to presume value commensurability, and mistaken to eliminate ethical dilemmas.
Keywords ethical theory  moral principles  codifiability
Categories (categorize this paper)
Buy the book Find it on Amazon.com
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 65,811
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Michalos and the Theory of Ethical Theory.Bernard J. Hodgson - 2001 - Journal of Business Ethics 29 (1-2):19 - 23.
The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory.David Copp (ed.) - 2005 - Oxford University Press.
The Uses and Abuses of Moral Theory in Bioethics.Raymond De Vries - 2011 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 14 (4):419-430.
Fairness.Brad Hooker - 2005 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 8 (4):329 - 352.
Ethics Beyond Moral Theory.Timothy Chappell - 2009 - Philosophical Investigations 32 (3):206-243.
Feminist Ethical Theory.Virginia Held - 1999 - The Proceedings of the Twentieth World Congress of Philosophy 1:41-49.
A Mistaken Distinction in Ethical Theory.Jason Xenakis - 1957 - Philosophical Studies 8 (5):69 - 71.
The Subsumption of Reference.David Braddon-Mitchell - 2005 - British Journal for the Philosophy of Science 56 (1):157-178.
Ethical Phenomenology and Metaethics.Simon Kirchin - 2003 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 6 (3):241-264.
Keynes, Uncertainty and Interest Rates.Brian Weatherson - 2002 - Cambridge Journal of Economics 26 (1):47-62.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2013-01-14

Total views
13 ( #754,028 of 2,463,174 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
3 ( #223,490 of 2,463,174 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes