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Making Moral Sense : Beyond Habermas and Gauthier - Logi Gunnarsson

Making Moral Sense

Beyond Habermas and Gauthier

Hardcover Published: 28th September 2000
ISBN: 9780521780230
Number Of Pages: 300

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Is it rational to be moral? Can moral disputes be settled rationally? Which criteria determine what we have a good reason to do? In this innovative book, Logi Gunnarsson takes issue with the assumption made by many philosophers faced with the problem of reconciling moral norms with a scientific world view, namely that morality must be offered a non-moral justification based on a formal concept of rationality. He argues that the criteria for the rationality of an action are irreducibly substantive, rather than purely formal, and that assuming that morality must be given a non-moral justification amounts to a distortion of both rationality and morality. His discussion includes substantial critical engagement with major thinkers from two very different philosophical traditions, and is notable for its clear and succinct account of Habermas' discourse ethics. It will appeal to anyone interested in practical reason and the rational credentials of morality.

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"...insightful and cogent criticisms of the rationalistic arguments of both Gauthier and Habermas..." Ethics "...displays a remarkable ability to distill difficult thoughts into quite readable form." Peter Lindsay, Philosophical Inquiry "...a very closely reasoned, thorough criticism of strongly formalistic accounts..." The Modern Schoolman

Preface
Problems
The justificatory crisis of morality
Alternative resolutions of the justificatory crisis
Subjective reasons
Substantive reasons
Overcoming rationalism
Against Rationalism
Gauthier's contractarianism
From here to pre-social agreement
Habermas' discourse ethics
Discoursing about discourse
For the Substantive Approach
Self-understanding and self-assessment
The possibility of progress
Practical arguments vs. impossibility arguments
Evaluation of others
Universality without neutrality
For Particularist Substantivism
Against formalism
Particularist substantivism vs. list-substantivism
Appendix: transcendental vs. universal pragmatics
Bibliography
Index
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ISBN: 9780521780230
ISBN-10: 0521780233
Series: Cambridge Studies in Philosophy
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 300
Published: 28th September 2000
Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIV PR
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 21.59 x 13.72  x 2.29
Weight (kg): 0.48

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