Ethical Particularism

An Essay on Moral Reasons

By Ulrik Kihlbom
December 2002
Almqvist & Wiksell International
ISBN: 91-22-01981-2
153 pages, 6" x 9 1/2"
$48.50 Paper Original

This is a PhD dissertation. Ethical particularism claims that any non-moral feature that in one situation is a reason why something is, for example, morally wrong, may in another situation be morally irrelevant or have an opposite moral valence. Ethical particularism entails, in other words, the non-existence of true or sound moral principles. Actions, persons, and situations acquire their moral features contextually in a way that escapes codification in principled terms. Particularism comes in this way in conflict with a classical approach to moral philosophy.

Acta Universitatis Stockholmiensis Stockholm Studies in Philosophy No. 23

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