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The Beloved SelfMorality and the Challenge from Egoism$
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Alison Hills

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199213306

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213306.001.0001

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Moral Testimony and Moral Disagreement

Moral Testimony and Moral Disagreement

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(p.215) 10 Moral Testimony and Moral Disagreement
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The Beloved Self
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Alison Hills (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199213306.003.0010

If you want to have and to use moral understanding in a way that could result in morally worthy action, you must not place your trust in moral testimony, defer to moral experts, or suspend judgement in response to moral disagreements. This is significant for the epistemic rationality of responses to disagreement and to testimony, because one of the functions of beliefs about moral matters is to play a role in morally worthy action. If this were their only important function, it would not be epistemically rational to trust moral testimony or to suspend judgment in response to moral disagreements. However, the epistemic rationality of moral beliefs is more complex, because moral beliefs have another function: they play a role in morally right action too. Yet it is still typically not epistemically rational to suspend judgement in response to moral disagreements.

Keywords:   moral testimony, moral disagreement, epistemic rationality, suspending judgement, moral understanding, function, morally worthy action, morally right action

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