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Moral Dilemmas, Compromise and Compensation

  • J. P. Day (a1)
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Moral dilemmas, or moral conflicts, present a leading problem in Ethics. Ross calls them the problem of conflicting prima facie moral obligations. Lemmon calls them ‘moral dilemmas’, and Sinnott-Armstrong in his recent book discusses them thoroughly and provides extensive references to relevant literature.

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1 Ross W. D., The Right and the Good (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1930).

2 Lemmon E. J., ‘Moral Dilemmas’, The Philosophical Review 71 (1962).

3 Sinnott-Armstrong W., Moral Dilemmas (Oxford: Blackwell, 1988).

4 Sophocles , Antigone, 11. 446460.

5 Sophocles , op. cit., 11. 193210.

6 Sartre J.-P., Existentialism and Humanism, tr. Mairet P. (London: Methuen, 1948), 3537, 5253.

7 Beardsley M. C., Practical Logic (New York: Prentice-Hall, 1950), 377383.

8 Sinnott-Armstrong , op. cit., 29, emphasis added.

9 McNaughton D., Moral Vision: An Introduction to Ethics (Oxford, Blackwell: 1988), 194, emphasis added.

10 Ross , op. cit., 28.

11 MacCormick D. N., ‘The Obligation of Reparation’, Aristotelian Society Proceedings 78 (1978).

12 Pennock J. R. and Chapman J. W. (eds), Compromise in Ethics, Law and Politics, Nomos, XXI (New York: New York University Press, 1979).

13 Day J. P., ‘Retributive Punishment’ and ‘Compensatory Discrimination’, Liberty and Justice (London, Sydney and Wolfeboro, New Hampshire: Croom Helm, 1987), 7275, 8790.

14 Broad C. D., ‘Ought We to Fight for our Country in the Next War?’, Ethics and the History of Philosophy (London: Routledge and Kegal Paul, 1952), 235236.

15 Day J. P., ‘Compromise’, Philosophy 64, No. 250 (10 1989), 472.

16 Day , ‘Compromise’, 481.

17 Pennock and Chapman , op. cit., 140.

18 Day , ‘Compromise’, 477478.

19 Bentham's and Austin's Imperative Theory of Law applies fairly well to Thebes in the 5th century b.c.

20 McNaughton, op. cit.

21 Sartre , op. cit., 49. I am grateful to David McNaughton for his help.

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