Ethics Without Principles

Oxford University Press (2004)
Abstract
In this much-anticipated book, Jonathan Dancy offers the only available full-scale treatment of particularism in ethics, a view with which he has been associated for twenty years. Dancy now presents particularism as the view that the possibility of moral thought and judgement does not in any way depend on an adequate supply of principles. He grounds this claim on a form of reasons-holism, holding that what is a reason in one case need not be any reason in another, and maintaining that moral reasons are no different in this respect from others. Ethics Without Principles offers detailed treatment and criticism of opposing positions of all sorts, with useful summaries. It also contains three chapters on the nature of what Dancy calls 'contributory' reasons, which, though the topic of much interest at the moment, are not often discussed in anything like the detail given here. And it offers a distinctive form of value-holism to go with the holism of reasons. As Dancy's definitive statement on particularism, the book will be required reading for all those working on moral philosophy and ethical theory.
Keywords Ethics  Principle (Philosophy
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2005, 2006
Buy the book $10.91 used (76% off)   $38.96 new (14% off)   $42.90 direct from Amazon (5% off)    Amazon page
Call number BJ1012.D262 2004
ISBN(s) 0199297681   0199270023   9780199297689   9780199270026  
DOI 10.1215/00318108-2006-027
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
Edit this record
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Mark as duplicate
Request removal from index
Revision history
Download options
Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 30,694
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA
What is a Reason to Act?Kieran Setiya - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 167 (2):221-235.
Against Grounding Necessitarianism.Alexander Skiles - 2015 - Erkenntnis 80 (4):717-751.
What is Inference?Paul Boghossian - 2014 - Philosophical Studies 169 (1):1-18.
Grounding Practical Normativity: Going Hybrid.Ruth Chang - 2013 - Philosophical Studies 164 (1):163-187.

View all 155 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles
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.
Defending Semantic Generalism.Daniel Whiting - 2007 - Analysis 67 (4):303–311.
Why Sibley is Not a Generalist After All.Anna Bergqvist - 2010 - British Journal of Aesthetics 50 (1):1-14.
Crisp's ‘Ethics Without Reasons?’: A Note on Invariance.Edward Harcourt - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (1):50-54.
Ethics Without Reasons?Roger Crisp - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (1):40-49.
Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
223 ( #17,846 of 2,197,230 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #148,610 of 2,197,230 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads
My notes
Sign in to use this feature