Facts, Values, and Norms

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Facts, Values, and Norms

By Peter Railton

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In our everyday lives we struggle with the notions of why we do what we do and the need to assign values to our actions. Somehow, it seems possible through experience and life to gain knowledge and understanding of such matters. Yet once we start delving deeper into the concepts that underwrite these domains of thought and actions, we face a philosophical disappointment. In contrast to the world of facts, values and morality seem insecure, uncomfortably situated, easily influenced by illusion or ideology. How can we apply this same objectivity and accuracy to the spheres of value and morality? In the essays included in this collection, Peter Railton shows how a fairly sober, naturalistically informed view of the world might nonetheless incorporate objective values and moral knowledge. This book will be of interest to professionals and students working in philosophy and ethics.

Facts, Values, and Norms
Essays toward a Morality of Consequence
1st edition
Publisher: Cambridge University Press 3/17/03
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Language: English

ISBN 10: 0511059086
ISBN 13: 9780511059087
Print ISBN: 9780521416979

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