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Sulla possibilità di un’etica senza principi

newdigital Sulla possibilità di un’etica senza principi
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title Sulla possibilità di un’etica senza principi
On the Possibility of an Ethics without Principles
publisher Vita e Pensiero
format Article | Pdf
online since 02-2021
doi 10.26350/001050_000237
issn 00356247 (print) | 18277926 (digital)
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Most of the agents believe that acting morally entails the possibility of tracing their behavior back to norms, rules, principles. Ethical particularism in Dancy’s version represents a radical challenge to this idea. For the particularist, those who act morally do not need to appeal to principles either to motivate their action ex ante or to explain it ex post. Incidentally, Dancy seems to consider particularism also a criticism of our moral tradition that incorporates Christian ethics. In this article I make some criticisms of Dancy’s position and I argue that particularism does not provide any explanation of phenomena that are important both for morality and for social cooperation, such as trust, predictability, reliability usually attributed to moral agents.


Dancy, Particularism, Moral Principles, Trust, Wittgenstein

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