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T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy$
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Maria Dimova-Cookson and William J. Mander

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199271665

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271665.001.0001

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Resolving Moral Conflicts: British Idealist and Contemporary Liberal Approaches to Value Pluralism and Moral Conduct

Resolving Moral Conflicts: British Idealist and Contemporary Liberal Approaches to Value Pluralism and Moral Conduct

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(p.292) 12 Resolving Moral Conflicts: British Idealist and Contemporary Liberal Approaches to Value Pluralism and Moral Conduct
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T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics, and Political Philosophy
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Maria Dimova‐Cookson
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199271665.003.0012

This chapter links the problems posed by value pluralism with those posed by moral conflict and aims to apply the solutions T. H. Green offers to the latter in the case of the former. The argument is that Green's analysis of moral action yields useful strategies for resolving moral conflicts and these strategies can in turn be applied in tackling the tensions arising when living in a value pluralist social environment. The British idealist distinguishes between an ‘epistemological’ aspect (knowledge of the right thing to do) and a ‘volitional’ aspect (commitment to do the right thing) of moral action, where the ‘volitional’ aspect plays a crucial role in resolving moral conflicts. It is this aspect of moral action that contemporary liberals like Rawls and Nagel fail to theorise and as a result lose crucial resources for easing the strains of living in a pluralist society.

Keywords:   moral conflict, value pluralism, moral action, commitment to do what is right, knowledge of the right thing to do

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