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Ethics and Qualities of Life

Joel J. Kupperman


This book looks at what enters into ethical judgment and choice. Interpretation of a case and of what the options are is always a factor, as is a sense of the possible values at stake. Intuitions also enter in, but often are unreliable. For a long time it seemed only fair that oldest sons inherited, and it struck few people as unfair that women were not allowed to attend universities. A moral judgment is putatively part of a moral order in a society that any reasonable person would accept. But what counts as “reasonable” is generally contestable. The unreliability of intuitions leads naturally ... More

Keywords: ethical judgment, ethical choice, interpretation, intuitions, moral judgment, moral order, Kant, contractualism, consequentialism, Kantian ethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780195308198
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2009 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195308198.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel J. Kupperman, author
University of Connecticut
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