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Moral Uncertainty and its Consequences - Ted Lockhart

Moral Uncertainty and its Consequences

Hardcover Published: 1st April 2000
ISBN: 9780195126105
Number Of Pages: 232

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We are often uncertain how to behave morally in complex situations. In this controversial study, Ted Lockhart contends that moral philosophy has failed to address how we make such moral decisions. Adapting decision theory to the task of decision-making under moral uncertainly, he proposes that we should not always act how we feel we ought to act, and that sometimes we should act against what we feel to be morally right. Lockhart also discusses abortion extensively and proposes new ways to deal with the ethical and moral issues which surround it.

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Lockhart's approach raises several fascinating theoretical questions ... If Lockhart's main principle is correct, it has rather radical implications for how applied ethics is practised. Even if it is not, consideration of the issues Lockhart raises may provide a novel and valuable outlook on some familiar theoretical questions. Mind

Prefacep. vii
Acknowledgmentsp. xiii
Decision-Making Under Moral Uncertaintyp. 3
Principles for Decision-Making Under Moral Uncertaintyp. 22
Abortion and Moral Uncertaintyp. 50
Conclusionsp. 72
Degrees of Moral Rightnessp. 74
Conclusionsp. 96
Shall I Act Supererogatorily?p. 98
Conclusionsp. 110
Confidentiality and Moral Uncertaintyp. 111
Conclusionsp. 122
a Decision-Theoretic Reconstruction of Roe V. Wadep. 124
Conclusionsp. 140
Long-Run Moralityp. 143
Retrospectivep. 169
Appendix: Decisions with Uncertain Probabilitiesp. 171
Notesp. 177
Indexp. 207
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ISBN: 9780195126105
ISBN-10: 0195126106
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: 1st April 2000
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.83 x 16.15  x 2.01
Weight (kg): 0.52

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