Moral Particularism

Paperback | November 1, 2000

EditorBrad Hooker, Margaret Olivia Little

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Moral Particularism is a timely and penetrating investigation of a theoretical approach that seeks to transform moral philosophy. In the face of continuing disagreement about which general moral principles are correct, there has been a resurgence of interest in the view that the morallanguage cannot -- and need not -- be backed by any such generalizations. This view, moral particularism, presages a revolution in contemporary moral theory, which has consisted largely of attempts to show that either one general principle or a set of such principles is superior to all its rivals. Twelve new essays by a distinguished international team of contributors, including some of the leading moral philosophers of the day, debate the plausibility of moral particularism. This will be the starting-point for all future discussion of the topic, and compelling reading for all who work inmoral philosophy.

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Moral Particularism is a timely and penetrating investigation of a theoretical approach that seeks to transform moral philosophy. In the face of continuing disagreement about which general moral principles are correct, there has been a resurgence of interest in the view that the morallanguage cannot -- and need not -- be backed by any...

Brad Hooker is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Reading. Margaret Little is Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:332 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.67 inPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198238835

ISBN - 13:9780198238836

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Table of Contents

1. Brad Hooker: Moral Particularism: Wrong and Bad2. Roger Crisp: Particularising Particularism3. Joseph Raz: The Truth in Particularism4. Frank Jackson, Philip Pettit, and Michael Smith: Ethical Particularism and Patterns5. T. H. Irwin: Ethics as an Inexact Science: Aristotle's Ambition for Moral Theory6. Jonathan Dancy: The Particularist's Progress7. David Bakhurst: Ethical Particularism in Context8. Jay Garfield: Particularity and Principle: The Structure of Moral Knowledge9. Lawrence Blum: Against Deriving Particularity10. Martha Nussbaum: Why Practice Needs Ethical Theory: Particularism, Principle, and Bad Behaviour11. David McNaughton and Piers Rawling: Unprincipled Ethics12. Margaret Olivia Little: Moral Generalities RevisitedBibliographyIndex

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"The volume is indispensable to anyone working on the topic and useful for upper-level and graduate courses."--The Philosophical Review