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Title: Moral Reasons
Authors: Spielthenner, Georg
Keywords: moral reasonssocial reasons
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Georg Spielthenner, "Moral Reasons", in: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics, IX (2007) 2, pp. 423-437.
Series/Report no.: Etica & Politica / Ethics & Politics
IX (2007) 2
My primary aim in this essay is to clarify the notion of a moral reason. To accomplish this,
I criticise in the first section the main conceptions of moral reasons. In the second and
third section, I explain my account of moral reasons, arguing that moral reasons are a kind
of social reasons, and illustrate it by examples. Although the concept of a moral reason is
central to our moral thinking; it has received scant attention in the philosophical literature.
Furthermore, it is a very unclear notion and causes confusions in ethical debates. It has always
been an objective of analytic moral philosophy to clarify perplexing notions, and this
paper attempts to contribute to this goal.
Type: Article
ISSN: 1825-5167
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