publication . Article . 2011

Five Elements of Normative Ethics - A General Theory of Normative Individualism

Pfordten, Dietmar;
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  • Published: 17 Jul 2011 Journal: Ethical Theory and Moral Practice, volume 15, pages 449-471 (issn: 1386-2820, eissn: 1572-8447, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: Springer Nature
  • Country: Germany
Abstract
The article tries to inquire a third way in normative ethics between consequentialism or utilitarianism and deontology or Kantianism. To find such a third way in normative ethics, one has to analyze the elements of these classical theories and to look if they are justified. In this article it is argued that an adequate normative ethics has to contain the following five elements: (1) normative individualism, i. e., the view that in the last instance moral norms and values can only be justified by reference to the individuals concerned, as its basis; (2) consideration of the individuals’ concerns and interests—aims, desires, needs, strivings—insofar as they have a...
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free text keywords: Normative ethics; Ethics; Justification of morals; Justification of law; Non-consequentialism; Non-utilitarianism; Non-deontology; Non-Kantianism; Plurality of the elements of action, Philosophy; Ethics; Ontology; Political Philosophy, Philosophy, Social Sciences (miscellaneous), Normative ethics, Sociology, Epistemology, Social psychology, Normative, Meta-ethics, Deontological ethics, Individualism, Utilitarianism, Consequentialism, Pluralism (political theory)
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publication . Article . 2011

Five Elements of Normative Ethics - A General Theory of Normative Individualism

Pfordten, Dietmar;