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The Moral GapKantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God's Assistance$
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John E. Hare

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.001.0001

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Puffing Up the Capacity

Puffing Up the Capacity

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(p.98) (p.99) 4 Puffing Up the Capacity
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The Moral Gap
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JOHN E. HARE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.003.0005

This chapter examines a strategy for bridging the moral gap that involves exaggerating man’s capacity to fit the moral demand or reducing the moral demand to fit man’s capacity. It explains that the idea behind this strategy is to concede that if the moral demand is binding upon people then they must have the capacity to live by it. This chapter argues against the claim that if all beliefs were vivid people would tend to conform to the impartial standard that utilitarian morality requires.

Keywords:   moral demand, moral gap, man’s capacity, utilitarian morality, utilitarianism

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