Ethics without reasons?

Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (1):40-49 (2007)

Authors
Abstract
This paper is a discussion of Jonathan Dancy's book Ethics Without Principles (2004). Holism about reasons is distinguished into a weak version, which allows for invariant reasons, and a strong, which doesn't. Four problems with Dancy's arguments for strong holism are identified. (1) A plausible particularism based on it will be close to generalism. (2) Dancy rests his case on common-sense morality, without justifying it. (3) His examples are of non-ultimate reasons. (4) There are certain universal principles it is hard not to see as invariant, such as that the fact that some action causes of suffering to a non-rational being always counts against it. The main difficulty with weak holism is that justification can be seen as analogous to explanation, which will give us an atomistic and generalist conception of a normative reason. Key Words: Dancy • generalism • holism • particularism • reasons.
Keywords Dancy   holism   reasons   generalism   particularism
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1177/1740468106072782
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 38,928
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Particularism in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.Uri D. Leibowitz - 2013 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2):121-147.
What's Aristotelian About Neo‐Aristotelian Virtue Ethics?Sukaina Hirji - forthcoming - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research.
Reason Holism, Individuation, and Embeddedness.Peter Tsu - 2018 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 21 (5):1091-1103.
Justice, Holism and Principles.Andrew Mason - 2009 - Res Publica 15 (2):179-194.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Defending Semantic Generalism.Daniel Whiting - 2007 - Analysis 67 (4):303–311.
Desires, Reasons, and Causes. [REVIEW]Stephen Darwall - 2003 - Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 67 (2):436–443.
The Riddle of Aesthetic Principles.Vojko Strahovnik - 2004 - Acta Analytica 19 (33):189-208.
Generalism Without Foundations.Manuel Hernández-Iglesias - 2006 - Acta Analytica 21 (2):71-86.
Moral Particularism and the Real World.Brad Hooker - 2008 - In Mark Norris Lance, Matjaž Potrč & Vojko Strahovnik (eds.), Challenging Moral Particularism. Routledge. pp. 12--30.
Crisp's ‘Ethics Without Reasons?’: A Note on Invariance.Edward Harcourt - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (1):50-54.
Why Sibley is Not a Generalist After All.Anna Bergqvist - 2010 - British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (1):1-14.
Ethics Without Principles.Jonathan Dancy - 2004 - Oxford University Press.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total views
251 ( #21,274 of 2,319,258 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
5 ( #264,889 of 2,319,258 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature