The Explanatory Ambitions of Moral Principles

@article{Berker2019TheEA,
  title={The Explanatory Ambitions of Moral Principles},
  author={Selim Berker},
  journal={No{\^u}s},
  year={2019},
  volume={53},
  pages={904-936}
}
Moral properties are explained by other properties. And moral principles tell us about moral properties. How are these two ideas related? In particular, is the truth of a given moral principle part of what explains why a given action has a given moral property? I argue “No.” If moral principles are merely concerned with the extension of moral properties across all possible worlds, then they cannot be partial explainers of facts about the instantiation of those properties, since in general… Expand
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