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The Moral GapKantian Ethics, Human Limits, and God's Assistance$
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John E. Hare

Print publication date: 1997

Print ISBN-13: 9780198269571

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.001.0001

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Substitutes for God’s Assistance

Substitutes for God’s Assistance

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(p.170) 7 Substitutes for God’s Assistance
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The Moral Gap
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JOHN E. HARE

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198269571.003.0008

This chapter examines attempts in naturalistic ethics to bridge the moral gap. These include the works of Donald Campbell, David Gauthier, and Allan Gibbard. These authors suggested bridging the moral gap through a scientific mediational normative ethics, in which both the moral gap is recognized and some non-theological substitute for God’s assistance is introduced to close it. In these cases what closes the moral gap is some machinery external to the agent’s will, which transforms egotists into useful members of society.

Keywords:   moral gap, naturalistic ethics, Donald Campbell, David Gauthier, Allan Gibbard, normative ethics, God

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