Title: Do Moral Questions Ask for Answers?
Authors: De Mesel, Benjamin # ×
Issue Date: Mar-2015
Publisher: Bar-Ilan University
Series Title: Philosophia: Philosophical Quarterly of Israel vol:43 issue:1 pages:43-61
Abstract: It is often assumed that moral questions ask for answers in the way other
questions do. In this article, moral and non-moral versions of the question ‘Should I do
x or y?’ are compared. While non-moral questions of that form typically ask for
answers of the form ‘You should do x/y’, so-called ‘narrow answers’, moral questions
often do not ask for such narrow answers. Rather, they ask for answers recognizing
their delicacy, the need for a deeper understanding of the meaning of the alternatives
and the fact that moral decisions are, as Gaita formulates it, ‘non-accidentally and
inescapably’ the agent’s to make. In short, moral questions often ask for a kind of
answer that is highly different from the kind of answer non-moral questions ask for. In
presupposing the ideal answer to a moral question to be a narrow answer, moral
philosophers have tended to overlook this.
ISSN: 0048-3893
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Centre for Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy
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