Winch on moral dilemmas and moral modality

Inquiry 49 (2):148 – 157 (2006)
Peter Winch's famous argument in "The Universalizability of Moral Judgments" that moral judgments are not always universalizable is widely thought to involve an essentially sceptical claim about the limitations of moral theories and moral theorising more generally. In this paper I argue that responses to Winch have generally missed the central positive idea upon which Winch's argument is founded: that what is right for a particular agent to do in a given situation may depend on what is and is not morally possible for them. I then defend the existence of certain genuine moral necessities and impossibilities in order to show how certain first-person moral judgements may be essentially personal.
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DOI 10.1080/00201740600576910
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David Wiggins (1990). Needs, Values, Truth. Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 180 (1):106-106.
Peter Winch (1972). Ethics and Action. London,Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Bernard Williams (1993). Moral Incapacity. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 93:59-70.

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