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The Retreat of ReasonA dilemma in the philosophy of life$
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Ingmar Persson

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199276905

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0199276900.001.0001

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MORAL INDIVIDUALISM: AUTONOMY AND AGREEMENT

MORAL INDIVIDUALISM: AUTONOMY AND AGREEMENT

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(p.363) 28 MORAL INDIVIDUALISM: AUTONOMY AND AGREEMENT
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The Retreat of Reason
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DOI:10.1093/0199276900.003.0029

Moral individualism is the doctrine that rationality leaves room for the individualities or personalities of subjects to express themselves in the moral realm in an autonomous choice between idealism and fulfilment-maximization. By leaving this room for autonomy, moral individualism avoids some objections that have been launched, by Bernard Williams in particular, against monistic theories like utilitarianism. On the other hand, moral individualism also provides a great deal of space for moral disagreement. The chapter ends by pointing to some factors that enable us to enter into agreements that could limit the extent of this disagreement.

Keywords:   agreements, autonomy, moral disagreement, moral individualism, utilitarianism, Bernard William

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