Possible Worlds and Moral Philosophy

Smith, Benedict (2001) Possible Worlds and Moral Philosophy. Teorema, XX (3). pp. 41-50.


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This paper is, in part, a response to Steffen Borge's article in Teorema Vol. XIX/1 (2000), "A Call for a Possible World Argument in Ethics". I suggest that the relationship between possible worlds and ethical deliberation is not distinctive and auxiliary in nature. Rather, I argue that the contemplation of possible worlds is an essential part of ethical theorizing. The immediate character of ethics vis-a-vis the possible is evidenced by the account of moral deliberation proposed by a certain form of moral particularism. In particular, the work of John McDowell demonstrates the inextricably modal aspects of ethics in this regard.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ethics; Modality; Particularism; Possible-World; McDowell, J.
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Logik, analytische Philosophie
Philosophie > Philosophische Journale, Kongresse, Vereinigungen > Teorema. Revista internacional de filosofia > Volume XX (2001)
Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Allgemeine Ethik
Depositing User: Stefan Köstenbauer
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2006
Last Modified: 08 Sep 2011 18:51
URI: http://sammelpunkt.philo.at/id/eprint/1179

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