© 2007

Companions in Guilt

Arguments for Ethical Objectivity


Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 1-18
  3. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 19-40
  4. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 41-64
  5. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 65-88
  6. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 89-110
  7. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 111-132
  8. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 133-153
  9. Hallvard Lillehammer
    Pages 154-174
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 175-220

About this book


This is a systematic study of 'companions in guilt' arguments in moral philosophy. Lillehammer distinguishes between two distinct forms of these, which he calls 'arguments by entailment' and 'arguments by analogy' respectively. For each strategy, Lillehammer examines three of its most prominent manifestations in contemporary ethical thought.


ethics moral philosophy morality philosophy

Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Cambridge UniversityUK

About the authors

HALLVARD LILLEHAMMER is Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Philosophy at Cambridge University, UK, and a Fellow of King's College. He is co-editor of Real Metaphysics (2003) and Ramsey's Legacy (2005).

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Companions in Guilt
  • Book Subtitle Arguments for Ethical Objectivity
  • Authors H. Lillehammer
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Palgrave Macmillan, a division of Macmillan Publishers Limited 2007
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, London
  • eBook Packages Palgrave Religion & Philosophy Collection Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-230-52754-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-1-349-35823-6
  • eBook ISBN 978-0-230-59038-0
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Ethics
    Moral Philosophy
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'Moral philosophers often engage in local skirmishes without awareness of the more generic strategies that they and their opponents are employing, without knowing that down the corridor colleagues from another field of philosophy are engaged in the same pattern of argument. Lillehammer draws attention to one such repeating pattern in theoretical ethics - the companions in guilt stratagem - and in this he has done metaethicists of all stripes a lasting service. Nobody, now, has an excuse for deploying such an argument without deliberating carefully about its structure and its merits. Lillehammer brings clarity to a complex and often messy debate; his thinking is well-informed, appropriately patient, and genuinely original.' - Richard Joyce, Professor of Philosophy, Australian National University

'I think all meta-ethicists should read this book.' - Andrew Fisher, The Philosophical Quarterly

'...lucid, focused, and insightful...He has made a difficult job look easy.' - Terence Cuneo, Mind