Ethical Norms, Particular Cases [Book Review]

Dialogue 38 (2):433-434 (1999)
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Abstract

This book is part of the “particularist” trend in modern moral philosophy. But a casual reader might conclude that Wallace endorses a crude form of moral conventionalism—the view that one morally ought to do just what conventional morality demands. Consider some passages: “The proposal is to view morality as a body of practical knowledge, a social artifact that has resulted from what people have learned over time from their efforts to cope with certain practical problems encountered over the course of their lives”. “The position I have been defending implies that our actual practice, in a way, determines what is right and wrong”.

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