Moral Dilemmas

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Christopher W. Gowans
Oxford University Press, 1987 - Philosophy - 302 pages
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The essays in this volume illuminate a central topic in ethical theory: moral dilemmas. Some contemporary philosophers dispute the traditional view that a true moral dilemma - a situation in which a person has two irreconcilable moral duties - cannot exist. The book provides the historical background to the on-going debate with selections from Kant, Mill, Bradley, and Ross. The best recent work is represented in essays by Donagan, Foot, Hare, Marcus, Nagel, van Fraassen, Williams, and others.
 

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Contents

The Debate on Moral Dilemmas
3
Moral Duties
34
Utilitarianism and Moral Conflicts
52
Collision of Duties
62
Prima Facie Duties
83
Moral Dilemmas
101
Ethical Consistency
115
Values and the Hearts Command
138
Moral Dilemmas and Consistency in Ethics
154
Moral Dilemmas and Consistency
188
Moral Conflicts
205
Against Moral Dilemmas
239
Moral Realism and Moral Dilemma
250
Consistency in Rationalist Moral Systems
271
Bibliography
291
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