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Reflective Equilibrium : Essays in Honour of Robert Heeger - Wibren Van Der-Burg

Reflective Equilibrium

Essays in Honour of Robert Heeger

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The basic idea of reflective equilibrium, as a method for theory construction and decision-making in ethics, is that we should bring together a broad variety of moral and non-moral beliefs and, through a process of critical scrutiny and mutual adjustment, combine these into one coherent belief system. This book aims to explore systematically the promises and problems of reflective equilibrium. Part One discusses the various elements that may be involved in reflective equilibrium processes, such as principles, facts, considered judgements, background theories and ideals. Part Two is devoted to the role of fundamental views of life and religion. Part Three discusses methodological issues such as coherentism, warrant and the development of judgmental faculties by the moral inquirer. In Part Four, some alternative purposes for reflective equilibrium methods are suggested. The book closes with a number of case studies in bioethics. This book is dedicated to Robert Heeger, Professor of Ethics at Utrecht University on the occasion of his 60th birthday. He and his research group have been doing research on reflective equilibrium for many years. Twenty Dutch and Swedish colleagues have contributed to this book in his honour, which aims to be a systematic and coherent discussion of this theme.

Preface
Introductionp. 1
The Elements of Reflective Equilibrium
Moral Principles: Authoritative Norms or Flexible Guidelines?p. 29
Morally Relevant Facts: Particularism and Intuitionist Rationalityp. 41
Considered Judgements: Meaning, Community and Traditionp. 55
Background Theories and Religious Beliefs: Their Role and Relation in Reflective Equilibriump. 73
Ideals and Ideal Theory: The Problem of Methodological Conservatismp. 89
The Methodology of Reflective Equilibrium
Rationality, Warrant and Reflective Equilibriump. 103
The Thinker and the Thinking Process: A Feminist Perspective on the Moral Facultyp. 115
Wide Reflective Equilibrium and the Justification of Moral Theoryp. 127
Your Intuition or Mine?p. 135
The Scope of Reflective Equilibrium: Fundamental Views of Life and Religion
Religious Models and Moral Principlesp. 145
Reflective Equilibrium and Cosmological Claimsp. 157
World Views, Value Change and Reflective Equilibriump. 171
The Purposes of Reflective Equilibrium: Modelling Public Debate and Dialogue
Reflective Equilibrium and Public Debate: How to Cast the Public's Web of Beliefs Broadly Enoughp. 177
Developing Public Morality: Between Practical Agreement and Intersubjective Reflective Equilibriump. 191
The Case of the Shared Values: An Example of a Socratic Dialoguep. 203
Case Studies in Bioethics
The 'Herman Case': The Usefulness of the Wide Reflective Equilibrium Model for Ethics Committeesp. 219
The Use of the Reflective Equilibrium Method in Normative Veterinary Ethicsp. 231
Infanticide in Reflective Equilibriump. 239
Reflective Equilibrium as a Normative-Empirical Model in Bioethicsp. 251
Bibliographyp. 261
List of Contributorsp. 277
Name Indexp. 281
Tabula Gratulatorump. 285
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ISBN: 9780792350668
ISBN-10: 0792350669
Series: LIBRARY OF ETHICS AND APPLIED PHILOSOPHY
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 291
Published: 31st October 1998
Publisher: Springer
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 24.77 x 16.51  x 2.54
Weight (kg): 0.61