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The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory$
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David Copp

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195147790.001.0001

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Theory, Practice, and Moral Reasoning

Theory, Practice, and Moral Reasoning

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(p.624) Chapter 22 THEORY, PRACTICE, AND MORAL REASONING
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The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory
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Gerald Dworkin (Contributor Webpage)

, David Copp
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195147790.003.0023

The chapter discusses the various ways in which ethical theory and moral practice relate to one another. Various proposals are discussed and evaluated, such as that the relation is a deductive one, that the relation is one of norm-specification, or that the theory provides multiple moral principles that must be balanced against one another. The author makes some suggestions on how the relation between theory and practice should be understood.

Keywords:   ethical theory, moral practice, moral principles, balancing, particularism, pluralism, practical reasoning, casuistry

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