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dc.contributor.authorBerker, Selim
dc.date.accessioned2019-09-30T08:40:31Z
dc.date.issued2018-02-08
dc.identifier.citationBerker, Selim. 2018. The Explanatory Ambitions of Moral Principles. Noûs 251 (2018).en_US
dc.identifier.issn0029-4624en_US
dc.identifier.urihttp://nrs.harvard.edu/urn-3:HUL.InstRepos:41426690*
dc.description.abstractMoral properties are explained by other properties. And moral principles tell us about moral properties. How are these two ideas related? In particular, is the truth of a given moral principle part of what explains why a given action has a given moral property? I argue “No.” If moral principles are merely concerned with the extension of moral properties across all possible worlds, then they cannot be partial explainers of facts about the instantiation of those properties, since in general necessitation does not suffice for explanation. And if moral principles are themselves about what explains the moral properties under their purview, then by their own lights they are not needed in order to explain those moral properties’ instantiation—unless, that is, the principles exhibit an objectionable form of metaphysical circularity. So moral principles cannot explain why individual actions have moral properties. Nor, I also argue, can they explain why certain other factors explain why those actions have the moral properties that they do, or in some other way govern or mediate such first‐order explanations of particular moral facts. When it comes to the explanation of an individual action's specific moral features, moral principles are explanatorily idle.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPhilosophyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.publisherWileyen_US
dash.licenseOAP
dc.titleThe Explanatory Ambitions of Moral Principlesen_US
dc.title.alternativeThe Explanatory Ambitions of Moral Principles
dc.typeJournal Articleen_US
dc.description.versionAccepted Manuscripten_US
dc.relation.journalNoûsen_US
dash.depositing.authorBerker, Selim
dc.date.available2019-09-30T08:40:31Z
dash.workflow.commentsFAR2017en_US
dc.identifier.doi10.1111/nous.12246
dc.source.journalNoûs
dash.contributor.affiliatedBerker, Selim


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