publication . Part of book or chapter of book . Book . 2017

Conflicting Reasons

Derek Parfit;
Open Access English
  • Published: 21 Dec 2017
  • Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
  • Country: Italy
<p>This chapter confronts ‘the profoundest problem in ethics’ — in which we always have most reason to do our duty, by doing whatever would be impartially best, and that we always have most reason to do whatever would be best for ourselves. These beliefs imply that, when one act would be impartially best but another act would be best for ourselves, we would have most reason to act in each of these different ways. That is a contradiction, which could not be true. These arguments can be revised so that they avoid this contradiction. But these beliefs would still imply that, whenever any impartial moral reason conflicts with any self-interested reason, neither reas...
free text keywords: Reasons, ought, moral, impartial, self-interest, how well things go, harming as a means, Rational Egoism, Act Consequentialism, Common Sense Morality, the argument from disagreement, skepticism
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