Reflections from Wolf and Wood: Incommensurability, Guidance and the 'Smoothing Over' of Ethical Life

Kirchin, Simon T. (2017) Reflections from Wolf and Wood: Incommensurability, Guidance and the 'Smoothing Over' of Ethical Life. In: Kirchin, Simon T., ed. Reading Parfit. Routledge (Taylor and Francis), London, UK, pp. 10-27. ISBN 9780415529501. E-ISBN 9781315225531. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

In this chapter I argue that Derek Parfit's ambition of trying to combine (versions of) rule-consequentialism, Kantian deontology and Scanlonian contractualism - his so-called 'Triple Theory' misses out on important aspects of the ethical life. I uses work from Susan Wolf and Allen Wood to show where Parfit goes wrong. This raises significant issues not just about Parfit's work, but about the point of moral philosophy and the methodology employed.

Item Type: Book section
Uncontrolled keywords: ethics, methodology, morals, Parfit, Triple Theory
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BJ Ethics
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Philosophy
Depositing User: Simon Kirchin
Date Deposited: 30 Mar 2017 13:00 UTC
Last Modified: 03 Apr 2017 08:32 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/61144 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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