Ethics 124 (3):447-480 (2014)

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Eric Campbell
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
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I argue that moral judgments function as commitment strategies that rely on a deflection of attention from our motivations and values. Revealing the hidden workings of these strategies allows me to illustrate and explain some of the widely unrecognized practical downsides of moral discourse. I recommend a departure from moral discourse in favor of paying more and better attention to our actual concerns. Important strengths of my approach over contemporary forms of moral abolitionism lie in my ability to sidestep moral error theories, my acknowledgment of the significant value of moral discourse, and thus the restricted target of my recommendation
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