Seventeenth Lecture

Seventeenth Lecture - February 20. 2009 Philosophy 4:...

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February 20. 2009 Philosophy 4: Seventeenth Lecture Normative Ethics (An Introduction – Continued) Evaluating a Moral Theory: - Consistency: o A m oral th eory’s principles, tog eth er with relevant factu al inform ation, yield consistent m oral verdicts a bout th e m orality of actions, p ersons, a n d oth er ite ms of m oral ev aluation. The s a m e action cannot b e both right a n d wrong “All” st at e m e nts if a ny exception is found - Deter minacy: o A m oral th eory should feature principles that, tog eth er with relevant factu al inform ation, yield d et er minat e m oral verdicts a bout th e m orality of actions, p ersons, a nd oth er ite m s of m oral ev aluation in a wide range of cases So, if your moral theory cannot give answers to a number of questions, then it’s ruled out - Applicability: o The principles of m oral th eory should b e a p plicable in th e s ens e th at th ey sp ecify relevant inform ation a bout actions a nd oth er ite ms of ev aluation that hu m a n b eings can typically obt ain a nd us e to arrive at m oral verdicts on th e b asis of thos e principles E.g.: Utility cannot b e calculat ed
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