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John Taurek (1977) argued that in conflict situations--situations in which we can save some people only by failing to save some others--the numbers don't count--i.e., it is not morally wrong to save the smaller group instead of the larger group.... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2016 at PEA Soup
Actualism, as I understand it, is the view according to which in determining what it is permissible to do at a time, t, one should consider only what would happen were one to do it and compare that with what... Continue reading
Posted Sep 10, 2015 at PEA Soup
All over there are arguments that employ the following premise: Necessarily, the true moral theory is action-guiding. I must confess that I don’t really have a grip on what this notion is. And yet it is often appealed to to... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2015 at PEA Soup
Here’s an argument against subjectivism about moral wrongness I’ve been kicking around. (By ‘subjectivism’ here I just mean any theory which is not “objective”—that is, a subjective theory is one that has it that that in virtue of which one's... Continue reading
Posted Apr 4, 2015 at PEA Soup
I have a very short argument to the effect that the promising-relevant pro tanto moral obligation is not a pro tanto moral obligation to keep one's promises but, rather, a pro tanto moral obligation to not break one's promises. [The... Continue reading
Posted Aug 18, 2012 at PEA Soup
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