A Scientific Approach to Normative Ethics

  • Maxim Storchevoy


In this chapter we will try to develop our version of a scientific approach to normative ethics. First, we will attempt to define the criteria of science which should be met for a normative framework. Then we will try to develop correct terminology and thereafter to build a series of propositions that should follow from one another in a very strict logical order.


Normative ethics Rational choice Scientific method Verification Unanimity Veil of ignorance 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Maxim Storchevoy
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  1. 1.Graduate School of ManagementSt. Petersburg UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.National Research University Higher School of EconomicsSt. PetersburgRussia

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