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Re-Reasoning Ethics: The Rationality of Deliberation and Judgment in Ethics

Barry Hoffmaster and Cliff Hooker


The ethics in this book is unique. It is not about philosophy’s moral theories and principles and their logical application. That standard conception of ethics is too simple, too spare, too abstract, and ultimately too impersonal. Real moral problems are complex, contextual, and dynamic. They need to be framed, examined, and settled, and these constructions, analyses, and resolutions need to be rational. The normativity of this novel conception of ethics is embedded in judgment, which is ubiquitous in our lives, and good judgment emanates from rational processes of deliberation, that is, the o ... More

Keywords: non-formal reason, formal reason, rationality, ethics, judgment, design, deliberation, moral compromise, reflective equilibrium, naturalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780262037693
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262037693.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Barry Hoffmaster, author
University of Western Ontario

Cliff Hooker, author
University of Newcastle