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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 Understanding and Morally Worthy Action

Moral Understanding and Morally Worthy Action

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(p.188) 9 Moral Understanding and Morally Worthy Action
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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/9780199213306.003.0009

What is it to understand why a moral proposition is true? Moral understanding, in this sense, differs from moral knowledge (both knowledge that p is true and knowledge why it is true). Moral understanding involves a number of related abilities and is more similar to ‘knowledge how’. Moral understanding is important, moreover, because it is a vital component of morally worthy action: doing the right thing on the basis of moral knowledge (even on the basis of knowledge why an action is right) is not sufficient for the action to have moral worth.

Keywords:   moral understanding, knowledge, knowledge why, knowledge how, moral worth

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