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Title Moral dilemmas and moral theory / edited by H.E. Mason.

Published New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  170 MASO    AVAILABLE
Physical description 246 pages ; 25 cm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 237-241) and index.
Contents Introduction / H. E. Mason -- 1. Moral Dilemmas, Genuine and Spurious: A Comparative Anatomy / Alan Donagan -- 2. More about Moral Dilemmas / Ruth Barcan Marcus -- 3. Moral Residue and Dilemmas / Terrance C. McConnell -- 4. Moral Dilemmas and Rights / Walter Sinnott-Armstrong -- 5. The Moral Dilemmas Debate / Mary Mothersill -- 6. Morality, Moral Dilemmas, and Moral Requirements / Norman O. Dahl -- 7. Moral Conflict and Its Structure / David O. Brink -- 8. Dilemmas: Dithering, Plumping, and Grief / Simon Blackburn -- 9. The Diversity of Moral Dilemma / Peter Railton -- 10. Moral Dilemmas, Gaps, and Residues: A Kantian Perspective / Thomas E. Hill, Jr. -- 11. Moral Theory, Moral Dilemmas, and Moral Responsibility / Christopher W. Gowans -- 12. Responsibilities and Principles: Reflections on the Sources of Moral Dilemmas / H. E. Mason.
Summary 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 theoretical issues. In essays that sometimes respond directly to preceding arguments, the contributors debate the form a moral dilemma must take, the extent to which real-world moral conflicts assume this form, and the plausibility of supposing that there might in practice be rational ways of resolving moral dilemmas. They assess the argument from moral residues, the claim that guilt and remorse and the need to explain often felt by agents after choosing between competing obligations, is evidence that moral dilemmas exist. They critically evaluate a number of popular examples of supposed moral dilemmas, drawn from literature, works of philosophy, and life. And they take stock of our current understanding of morality, a pair of authors suggesting in two otherwise distinct essays that there may be more, perhaps much more, to discover about ethics and ethical reasoning.
Other author Mason, H. E.
Subject Ethics.
Decision making -- Moral and ethical aspects.
ISBN 0195096819 (cloth : alk. paper)