The Possibilities of Moral Advice

  • D. Z. Phillips
Part of the Swansea Studies in Philosophy book series (SWSP)


Professor Max Black tells us1 that as a recognition of its remarkable philosophical influence, he proposes ‘to assign to the principle that only factual statements can follow from exclusively factual statements the title “Hume’s Guillotine”’.2 He ends his paper by describing this principle as ‘a dogma which ought by now to have been finally exploded’.3 I assume that the ‘by now’ refers, not to the end of the article, but to the present state of contemporary moral philosophy, where the number of those prepared to assist in exploding the principle in question increases quarterly.


Moral Conclusion Moral Disagreement Factual Premiss Moral Advice Precarious Health 
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  1. 1.
    Max Black, ‘The Gap Between “Is” and “Should”’, Philosophical Review LXXIII, 1964, pp. 165–81.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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© D. Z. Phillips 1992

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  • D. Z. Phillips
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  1. 1.University College of SwanseaUK

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