Morals, Metaphysics and the Method of Cases

South African Journal of Philosophy 29 (4):332-342 (2010)
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In this paper I discuss a set of problems concerning the method of cases as it is used in applied ethics and in the metaphysical debate about personal identity. These problems stem from research in social psychology concerning our access to the data with which the method operates. I argue that the issues facing ethics are more worrying than those facing metaphysics.
Keywords Method of cases  Thought-experiments, ethics  Thought-experiments, metaphysics  Self-deception
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