The Claims of Reflective Equilibrium
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As well as propounding a theory of justice, Rawls’ A Theory of Justice advocated a method in moral philosophy, the method of reflective equilibrium. My aim is to raise doubts concerning the significance and value of this method. I will first briefly describe the process of reasoning dubbed by Rawls Reflective Equilibrium. I will then examine some of the claims made for it by Rawls, Nielsen, and others.
KeywordsMoral Judgment Moral Philosophy Moral Theory Moral Belief Linguistic Theory
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