Value and Context: The Nature of Moral and Political Knowledge

Paperback | May 22, 2010

byAlan Thomas

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Alan Thomas presents an original study of the status of value and its relation to the contexts in which evaluative claims are justified. He articulates and defends the view that human beings do possess moral and political knowledge, but that it is historically and culturally contextualknowledge in ways that, say, mathematical or chemical knowledge is not. His exposition of a 'cognitivist contextualism' in ethics and politics builds upon contemporary work in epistemology, moral philosophy, and political theory to fashion an argument that is relevant to current debates aboutculture, modernity, and relativism.

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Alan Thomas presents an original study of the status of value and its relation to the contexts in which evaluative claims are justified. He articulates and defends the view that human beings do possess moral and political knowledge, but that it is historically and culturally contextualknowledge in ways that, say, mathematical or chemi...

Alan Thomas is Senior Lecturer and Head of Philosophy at the University of Kent.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:May 22, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

IntroductionPart One: Moral Knowledge and Moral Reasons1. The Problem of Moral Knowledge2. The Case for Cognitivism3. Values, Norms and the Practical4. Internal Reasons and Contractualist ImpartialityPart Two: Norm-Expressivism and Non-Objectivism5. A Critique of Expressivism6. Non-Objectivism and Internal RealismPart Three: Contextualist Moral Justification7. Epistemological Contextualism8. A Contextual Model of Moral Justification9. Tradition Based Moral Enquiry10. Moral Belief and the Possibility of ErrorPart Four: Contextualism in Political Philosophy11. Political Liberalism and Contextualism12. Political Liberalism and Civic RepublicanismConclusion

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"Thomas' Value and Context is an impressively ambitious and wide-ranging volume...Thomas engages with a remarkable range of issues...there are several very interesting, insightful discussions in the book...most readers will find much of interest in the development and defence of Thomas'interrelated positions." --Jason Kawall, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews