Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Articulating the Moral Community – Toward a Constructive Ethical Pragmatism - Oxford Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Articulating the Moral Community: Toward a Constructive Ethical Pragmatism

Henry Richardson


As this highly original work explains, morality is not fixed objectively, independently of all human judgment, nor is it something that we “invent.” Rather, working within zones of objective indeterminacy, the moral community—the community of all persons—has the authority to introduce new moral norms. These further specify the preexisting moral norms, making an objective difference to individuals’ moral rights and duties. The moral community, so-called, could not exercise authority unless it had some structure whereby it could act. Unlike political communities, which are centralized, noninclus ... More

Keywords: Moral authority, moral progress, constructive ethical pragmatism (CEP), consequentialism, deontology, personhood, directed duties, moral reasoning, moral psychology, moral objectivity

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190247744
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190247744.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Henry Richardson, author
Professor of Philosophy, Georgetown University