Justifying Morality, Part II: Beyond Justification as Clarification

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  • Although Bernard Gert’s justification of morality is limited in what it accomplishes (as argued in part I of this two-part essay), the deliberative structure he has set up in order to procure this justification is a quite fruitful one. With some modifications, this structure can be used to generate a significantly more powerful justification of morality than Gert’s. Part II of this essay shows how the moral system can be brought into direct engagement with common rejections of morality in a way that Gert’s justification cannot do. It is shown how persuasive arguments can be brought to bear against these antimoral alternatives and in favor of the moral system.
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    Publication Date

  • December 2011
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    Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 403
  • End Page

  • 417
  • Volume

  • 45
  • Issue

  • 4