Particularism and Generalism Revisited: Towards a Principled Particularism of Contingency

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dc.contributor.authorThériault, Georges
dc.date.accessioned2020-09-16T20:01:53Z
dc.date.available2020-09-16T20:01:53Z
dc.date.issued2020-09-16
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10393/41026
dc.identifier.urihttp://dx.doi.org/10.20381/ruor-25250
dc.description.abstractThis thesis will revisit the debate between moral particularists and moral generalists in the field of meta-ethics. The general aim of this project will be to come to a better understanding of the status and role of moral principles in a reasons-holistic moral landscape. The specific aim will be to develop a viable position within the particularism-generalism debate that will combine elements from both theories. My central argument will be threefold: (a) I will argue that, in a reasons-holistic moral landscape, exceptionless moral principles are not sufficient to ground the possibility of moral thought and judgement; (b) that the possibility of moral thought and judgement depends in part on a determinate set of exceptionless moral principles and an indeterminate set of defeasible moral principles; and (c) that moral principles are insufficient to codify all or most moral truths in finite and manageable terms. My position therefore is a modified version of Principled Particularism. In this thesis, despite defending a version of particularism, I will not shy away from employing generalist terminology or from accepting certain generalist assumptions. Furthermore, unlike some particularists, I will stress the necessity and utility of moral principles. This thesis will also incorporate research about moral thought and judgement from the fields of moral psychology, cognitive science, and neuroscience.
dc.language.isoen
dc.publisherUniversité d'Ottawa / University of Ottawa
dc.subjectParticularism
dc.subjectGeneralism
dc.subjectHolism about reasons
dc.subjectMoral thought
dc.subjectMoral judgement
dc.subjectMoral principles
dc.subjectMoral psychology
dc.subjectMoral learning
dc.subjectContingency
dc.subjectDefeasibility
dc.subjectCodification
dc.titleParticularism and Generalism Revisited: Towards a Principled Particularism of Contingency
dc.typeThesis
dc.contributor.supervisorSneddon, Andrew
thesis.degree.nameMA
thesis.degree.levelMasters
thesis.degree.disciplineArts
uottawa.departmentPhilosophie / Philosophy
CollectionThèses, 2011 - // Theses, 2011 -

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