Morality, Normativity, and Society

Morality, Normativity, and Society

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Moral claims not only purport to be true, they also purport to guide our choices. This book presents a new theory of normative judgment, the "standard-based theory," which offers a schematic account of the truth conditions of normative propositions of all kinds, including moral propositions and propositions about reasons. The heart of Copp's approach to moral propositions is a theory of the circumstances under which corresponding moral standards qualify as justified, the "society-centered theory." He argues that because any society needs a social moral code in order to enable its members to live together successfully, and because it would be rational for a society to choose such a code, certain moral codes, and the standards they include, are justified. According to the standard-based theory then, if certain moral standards are indeed justified, corresponding moral propositions may be true. Copp's approach to morality and explaining normativity and the truth conditions of moral claims, raises a number of important issues in moral theory, as well as in metaphysics and the philosophy of language.
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  • Paperback | 274 pages
  • 152.4 x 220.98 x 17.78mm | 317.51g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Revised ed.
  • 0195144015
  • 9780195144017
  • 1,392,701

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"...clear, ambitious, fair-minded,...All of it deserves careful study."-Ethics "[Copp's] analyses of moral truth, moral justification, subscription to a social moral code, society, and rational choice are original and illuminating. These contributions alone will make his book a work of lasting importance....It is a great pleasure to read a treatise on morals that does not shrink from the task of explaining how moral standards can be justified without begging the question against the moral skeptic."-Canadian Journal of
Philosophy "Morality, Normativity, and Society is a fascinating addition to the contemporary ethical discourse....This work refocuses one's attention on the importance of moral progress."-Journal of Church and State ""Copp's views are profound and persuasive, and his work contains some of the best criticisms of competing views as well as very illuminating analyses of a variety of issues. I recommend this book highly for anyone interested in contemporary moral theory."-Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Philosophical Review
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