Beyond Certainty

Beyond Certainty : A Phenomenological Approach to Moral Reflection

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A unique study, Beyond Certainty is a phenomenological approach to the connection between factual knowledge and moral judgment. Marietta holds logical certainty to be unnecessary for moral decision-making. In point of fact, logical certainty about our moral judgments, according to the author, is impossible. Key dilemmas in recent moral theory are caught within this impasse represented through an "is/ought" dichotomy. Marietta trumps this impasse through a return to concrete reflection on our most primal consciousness of the world.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 104 pages
  • 152.4 x 228.6 x 15.24mm | 272.15g
  • Lexington Books
  • Lanham, MD, United States
  • English
  • 0739107321
  • 9780739107324

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Marietta's work is an original contribution to the field of ethics, striking out beyond mere textual scholarship. His incorporation of insights from the phenomenological tradition within an inquiry that lies primarily within the field of traditional ethical theory is unique and timely. His analysis is well-written and well-argued, and his original position on the role of concrete reflection provides a much-needed corrective to the tendencies of current ethical theory. For these reasons, I believe this to be a significant contribution to the field. -- Ted Toadvine, Emporia State University
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About Don Marietta

B>Don E. Marietta Jr. is Professor Emeritus of Philosophy. He was the Adelaide Snyder Distinguished Professor of Ethics, Florida Atlantic University.
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Table of contents

Chapter 1 The Possibility of Moral Knowledge Chapter 2 Finding Moral Obligation in Primal Experience Chapter 3 Making Moral Judgments Chapter 4 Contextualism Chapter 5 Moral Pluralism Chapter 6 The Siren Song of Certainty Chapter 7 An Adequate System of Ethics
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