Why Moral Principles?

Mind 125 (500):1133-1159 (2016)
Joe Mintoff
University of Newcastle, Australia
Jonathan Dancy challenges moral generalists to come up with a picture of moral thought and judgment which requires a provision of principles that cover the ground. The aim of this paper is to provide a response to Dancy's challenge. I argue that reasonable moral thought requires us to explain ourselves when we have reason to doubt our moral judgment about some particular case, that any such explanation commits us to a general moral principle over some domain of discussion and that this principle expands to cover more and more ground as we consider more and more cases.
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