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Product Details

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (March 2, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0631187928
  • ISBN-13: 978-0631187929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,205,738 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"In presenting an original view of motivation, as well as in defending a minority view of motivation, as well as in defending a minority view on moral principles, Dancy enlarges our view of the theoretical options in a fashion that all parties should welcome." Mark van Roojen, The Philosophical Quarterly

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This book attempts to place a realist view of ethics (the claim that there are facts of the matter in ethics as elsewhere) within a broader context. It starts with a discussion of why we should mind about the difference between right and wrong, asks what account we should give of our ability to learn from our moral experience, and looks in some detail at the different sorts of ways in which moral reasons can combine to show us what we should do in the circumstances. The second half of the book uses these results to mount an attack on consequentialism in ethics, arguing that there are more sorts of reasons around than consequentialists can even dream of.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Austin Kendall on April 19, 2014
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Dancy is a brilliant philosopher, and his work is a joy to read, as he makes compelling and excitingly clever arguments for his position with the linguistic charms of a Brit. While he has convinced me that particularism is not a fool’s errand, some tensions must be straightened out before we can consider particularism superior to pluralism.

There are roughly four sections to the book (though they are not divided by Dancy as such). In section one there is an argument for particularism from moral motivation. Section two discusses the epistemological virtues of particularism, and the epistemological failings of generalism. Section three argues that particularism is better suited to explain moral phenomena, such as regret and supererogation, because it makes room for objective agent-relative reasons. Section four articulates an account of objectivity and agent-relative reasons, and argues that consequentialism/utilitarianism cannot accommodate agent-relative reasons. What we are left with is a cognitivist, empiricist version of moral realism that holds that there are agent-neutral and agent-relative moral reasons which are particular to each situation and which are intrinsically motivating.
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8 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 9, 1998
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The book gives the reader a rare insight in the webs of human misunderstanding. What is, we might ask with Hrr Heidegger, the GROUND for these assumptions? and what is the nature of moral thinking. Reading in Dancy is like going to the beach on a hot californian sunny day, his dense arguments are like watching beach-babes, but with no hard-on.
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