Winch on moral dilemmas and moral modality

Craig Taylor
Flinders University
Peter Winch's famous argument in "The Universalizability of Moral Judgments" that moral judgments are not always universalizable is widely thought to involve an essentially sceptical claim about the limitations of moral theories and moral theorising more generally. In this paper I argue that responses to Winch have generally missed the central positive idea upon which Winch's argument is founded: that what is right for a particular agent to do in a given situation may depend on what is and is not morally possible for them. I then defend the existence of certain genuine moral necessities and impossibilities in order to show how certain first-person moral judgements may be essentially personal.
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Needs, Values, Truth.David Wiggins - 1990 - Revue Philosophique de la France Et de l'Etranger 180 (1):106-106.
Ethics and Action.Peter Winch - 1972 - London: Routledge and Kegan Paul.
Moral Incapacity.Bernard Williams - 1992 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 93:59-70.
The Universalizability of Moral Judgements.Peter Winch - 1965 - The Monist 49 (2):196-214.

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