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moral reason

Subject Philosophy

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405106795.2004.x


E thics The representative form of practical reason , the sort of thinking that leads one to make moral judgments and that guides one's moral acts. Moral reason brings general moral principles to bear on the particular situations of the agent and judges whether one's action and the way it is performed conform to the requirements of moral principles. It enables an agent to decide whether he should act and what he should do. The characteristic feature of moral reason is that it employs ethical terms and makes moral judgments that issue commands and advice. It has been disputed whether the procedure of moral reasoning can be formalized into practical syllogism and whether it deals with ends as well as means. “Moral reasons are ordinary considerations such as the pain I will cause here if I don't tell her soon. This is a moral reason because it is a salient feature of a situation which generates a demand – the demand that I tell her soon, perhaps.” Dancy, Moral Reasons ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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