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Plural and Conflicting Values

Michael Stocker


The central concern of this book is whether plural and incommensurable values necessarily result in unsolvable conflict and whether this conflict poses special problems for ethical theories. The view defended here is that plurality is no impediment to sound choice, and that a practicable ethics accounts for the fact that plurality and choice are ordinary and pervasive phenomena of moral life. Ethical theories, broadly divided into monistic and pluralistic, are pitted against each other in an attempt to show that the traditional understanding of the connection between value and conflict is flaw ... More

Keywords: akrasia, Aristotle, choice, dirty hands, hedonism, maximization, monism, moral conflict, plural values, pluralism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 1992 Print ISBN-13: 9780198240556
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0198240554.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Stocker, author
La Trobe University, Melbourne
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