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Discursive Strata

  • John R. WelchEmail author
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Part of the Theory and Decision Library A: book series (TDLA, volume 49)

Abstract

Chapter 1 introduces the strata that structure this work: phenomenal, instrumental, and teleological moral discourse. After an overview of the approach to moral strata presented in this volume, the chapter offers a quick reprise of the method of reflective equilibrium as elaborated by Goodman, Rawls, and Daniels. It then considers five objections to this method in its canonical formulations. Objections couched in terms of moral conservatism, moral diversity, and the moral weight of considered judgments are judged unsuccessful, while objections based on the nature of considered judgments and the relation to intuitionism are found to be more problematic. In order to meet these last two objections, the chapter reworks the received view of reflective equilibrium by defining an alternative notion of wide reflective equilibrium. This alternative is presented as a cognitive ideal: coherence among phenomenal, instrumental, and teleological discursive strata in addition to background theories. How moral discourse might achieve coherence of this sort is the subject of successive chapters.

Keywords

Decision Theory Moral Theory Moral Belief Inductive Logic Background Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Saint Louis University – Madrid CampusMadridSpain

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