Ashworth on Principles
This chapter asks the logically prior question of what we mean by principles. Section 1 first clears up a couple of preliminary issues about the scope of the discussion. Sections 2 to 5 explore, by turns, four properties which Ashworth seems to ascribe to principles: generality, special force in argument, non-instrumentality, and categoricality. Section 6 reflects on links that may be thought to hold between these four properties, and arrives at a somewhat sceptical conclusion.
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