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Are moral philosophers forming their theories back to front?

Rather than starting from theory and applying it to the world, should we go about things the other way round? A new strain of philosophical thinking argues just that

By Linda Zagzebski  

Questions about morality can fascinate us. What kind of a person do I want to be? What is the moral course of action in any given circumstance? Can I trust my emotions as a guide to morality, or should I rely solely on principles that come from a philosophical theory?

In answering these questions, philosophers often seem to provide theories which are useless in real life, with a gulf between theory and practice. It’s OK if those of us who are philosophers think in the abstract, but it is even…

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