South African Journal of Philosophy 23 (3):213-225 (2004)

Johan Hattingh
University of Stellenbosch
The nature, methodology, importance and implications of an ethical analysis of value issues pertaining to public decision-making is not evident. In this paper I would like to address these issues by posing the following questions: - Why is it important to focus on values in any process of public decision-making? - What is the nature of an ethical analysis of the value issues involved? - What is the basis, if any, for ethical analysis that moves beyond relativism and subjectivity? - What difference can such an ethical analysis make to public decision-making? During the course of discussing these issues, the question “What is ethics?” will be addressed in passing, as well as the usual objections against ethics and the consideration of value issues in public decision-making, namely that - values cannot be analysed and discussed objectively - values and ethics are relative to people and cultures - value and ethical questions cannot be settled in a rational manner - ethics cannot provide answers - arguments about value and ethical issues move in circles, taking us nowhere - values and ethics are so intertwined with emotions and biases that one cannot take them seriously in any process of public decision-making. S. Afr. J. Philos. Vol.23(3) 2004: 213-225.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.4314/sajpem.v23i3.31394
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 71,231
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Prospects for a Common Morality.Gene Outka & John P. Reeder (eds.) - 1992 - Princeton University Press.
Chapter 8. Foundations Without Foundationalism.John P. Reeder Jr - 1992 - In John P. Reeder & Gene Outka (eds.), Prospects for a Common Morality. Princeton University Press. pp. 191-214.
Chapter 9. On Having a Morality in Common.Jeffrey Stout - 1992 - In John P. Reeder & Gene Outka (eds.), Prospects for a Common Morality. Princeton University Press. pp. 215-232.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

No citations found.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ethical Decision Making: Special or No Different? [REVIEW]Dawn R. Elm & Tara J. Radin - 2012 - Journal of Business Ethics 107 (3):313-329.


Added to PP index

Total views
29 ( #396,686 of 2,518,450 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
1 ( #408,186 of 2,518,450 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes