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Overview

Do moral dilemmas truly exist? What counts as a moral dilemma? Can an adequate moral theory admit the possibility of genuine conflicts of moral obligations? In this book, twelve prominent moral theorists examine these and other questions from a wide variety of philosophical perspectives. Concerned throughout with the implications of moral dilemmas for moral theory, this collection of essays captures in striking fashion the full scope and vitality of the current moral dilemmas debate. Including both realist and anti-realist meta-ethical positions, and Kantian and consequentialist normative views, Moral Dilemmas and Moral Theory sheds new light on several standing controversies in moral philosophy while raising a fresh set of challenging issues. Contributors include Simon Blackburn, Ruth Barcan Marcus, Alan Donagan, Terrance McConnell, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Mary Mothersill, Norman Dahl, David Brink, Peter Railton, Thomas E. Hill, Jr., Christopher Gowans, and H.E. Mason.

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"The book is well worth the time of anyone interested in this view."—Ethics
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780195096811
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 7/28/1996
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 9.63 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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University of Minnesota
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Table of Contents

Contributors
Introduction 3
1 Moral Dilemmas, Genuine and Spurious: A Comparative Anatomy 11
2 More about Moral Dilemmas 23
3 Moral Residue and Dilemmas 36
4 Moral Dilemmas and Rights 48
5 The Moral Dilemmas Debate 66
6 Morality, Moral Dilemmas, and Moral Requirements 86
7 Moral Conflict and Its Structure 102
8 Dilemmas: Dithering, Plumping, and Grief 127
9 The Diversity of Moral Dilemma 140
10 Moral Dilemmas, Gaps, and Residues: A Kantian Perspective 167
11 Moral Theory, Moral Dilemmas, and Moral Responsibility 199
12 Responsibilities and Principles: Reflections on the Sources of Moral Dilemmas 216
References 237
Index 243
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