Engelhardt and the Content-Free (?) Principle of Permission

  • Stephen S. HansonEmail author
Part of the Philosophy and Medicine book series (PHME, volume 103)


In seeking a means of addressing problems in modern secular society in such a way that has moral authority for all parties to a given issue, one might search first for a means to eliminate the grounds of conflict. If a theory can appeal to a source of moral authority which all persons must recognize, and that theory can resolve moral conflicts, then such a theory would provide rationally justified means of resolving morally problematic cases. It is a premise of this work that a thick set of moral claims cannot be so justified to all, but it might be possible to justify and defend a minimal set of claims so that at least some reasonable conclusions can be made and justified to all potential parties to a moral conflict. Such a “thin theory” would be a means to derive solutions to moral conflicts with secular moral authority.


Moral Theory Moral Belief Contentful Claim Moral Claim Family Resemblance 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyUniversity of LouisvilleLouisvilleUSA

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