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The Limits of Moral Obligation Moral Demandingness and Ought Implies Can

by Marcel van Ackeren

Part of the Routledge Studies in Ethics and Moral Theory Series

The Limits of Moral Obligation Moral Demandingness and Ought Implies Can Synopsis

This volume responds to the growing interest in finding explanations for why moral claims may lose their validity based on what they ask of their addressees. Two main ideas relate to that question: the moral demandingness objection and the principle ought implies can. Though both of these ideas can be understood to provide an answer to the same question, they have usually been discussed separately in the philosophical literature. The aim of this collection is to provide a focused and comprehensive discussion of these two ideas and the ways in which they relate to one another, and to take a closer look at the consequences for the limits of moral normativity in general. Chapters engage with contemporary discussions surrounding ought implies can as well as current debates on moral demandingness, and argue that applying the moral demandingness objection to the entire range of normative ethical theories also calls for an analysis of its (metaethical) presuppositions. The contributions to this volume are at the leading edge of ethical theory, and have implications for moral theorists, philosophers of action, and those working in metaethics, theoretical ethics and applied ethics.

The Limits of Moral Obligation Moral Demandingness and Ought Implies Can Press Reviews

This is a fascinating collection of articles of that will be of interest to many working in moral philosophy and essential reading for all who work on the nature of moral obligation and its limits. -- Alfred Archer, Journal of Moral Philosophy

Book Information

ISBN: 9781138824232
Publication date: 23rd September 2015
Author: Marcel van Ackeren
Publisher: Routledge an imprint of Taylor & Francis Ltd
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 210 pages
Categories: Ethics & moral philosophy, Philosophy: logic,

About Marcel van Ackeren

Marcel van Ackeren is Associate Professor for Philosophy and research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics at the University of Munster, Germany. Michael Kuhler is Associate Professor for Philosophy and research fellow at the Centre for Advanced Study in Bioethics at the University of Munster, Germany.

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