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Moral Conflicts and Moral Awareness

  • Chris Bessemans (a1)
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By making use of Aurel Kolnai's ethical writings I want to offer a more adequate understanding of moral conflicts and moral dilemmas. Insisting on Kolnai's phenomenological method, in particular, focussing on the agent's moral awareness (or conscience) and his deliberation, results in an understanding of moral conflicts as moments of moral choice rather than anomalies of moral theory. In this way, I argue that one can account for Bernard Williams's phenomenological description of moral conflicts without having to accept his anti-realist conclusions. Moreover, this approach indicates the adequacy of ordinary moral reasoning for decision-making and action guidance. Lastly and importantly, the essay illustrates the relevance of Kolnai's writings to contemporary moral philosophy.

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Samuel Guttenplan , ‘Moral realism and moral dilemmas’, Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, vol. 80 (1979–1980), 6180.

Aurel Kolnai , ‘The thematic primacy of moral Evil’, The Philosophical Quarterly, vol. 6, 22 (Jan., 1956), 2742.

Peter Winch , ‘The universalizability of moral judgements’. First printed in: The Monist (1965)

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Philosophy
  • ISSN: 0031-8191
  • EISSN: 1469-817X
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