The Resource Being moral : moral competence and the limits of reasonable doubt, Julia Hermann

Being moral : moral competence and the limits of reasonable doubt, Julia Hermann

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Being moral : moral competence and the limits of reasonable doubt
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Being moral
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moral competence and the limits of reasonable doubt
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Julia Hermann
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eng
Summary
In this thesis, I argue that we should conceive of morality as a set of overlapping practices and of moral knowledge first and foremost as the competence to participate in these practices. On the basis of a Wittgensteinian understanding of language and meaning, I defend two interrelated claims: the claim that some propositions are beyond reasonable doubt in moral practices and the claim that understanding moral principles amounts to the mastery of those practices. My reflections on a number of propositions which it seems impossible to doubt from a moral standpoint lead me to the view that for a morally competent agent, some propositions are removed from doubt. In conceiving of justification as a response to doubt based on reasons, I follow Wittgenstein and those contemporary philosophers who defend what are called contextualist approaches. Given the close relationship between justification and doubt, the claim that some propositions are beyond reasonable doubt in moral practices implies that certain philosophical demands for justification make no sense. Like contextualists, I oppose both foundationalist and coherentist accounts of moral justification and moral knowledge. Unlike them, I argue that moral knowledge ultimately amounts to knowledge how. This practical knowledge involves cognitive as well as emotional capacities, which are developed through training. On the basis of my account of moral competence, I am able to reject the view that morality can be justified from an extra-moral standpoint. The why be moral question turns out to be one of those purely philosophical questions which lack a role in practice. Despite denying the availability of any practice-independent standards of moral truth and critique, my account allows for moral criticism and moral progress
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Hermann, Julia
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Defence date: 13 June 2011
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Thesis (Ph. D.)--European University Institute (SPS), 2011.
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non fiction
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European University Institute
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  • EUI PhD theses
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  • Ethics
  • Belief and doubt
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Being moral : moral competence and the limits of reasonable doubt, Julia Hermann
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Examining Board: Prof. Dennis Patterson, European University Institute (Supervisor) ; Prof. Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute ; Prof. Alan Thomas, University of Tilburg ; Prof. Marcus Willaschek, University of Frankfurt
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-234)
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nc
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FIEb16915987
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30 cm.
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234 pages
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rdamedia.
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(OCoLC)1088458296
Label
Being moral : moral competence and the limits of reasonable doubt, Julia Hermann
Publication
Note
Examining Board: Prof. Dennis Patterson, European University Institute (Supervisor) ; Prof. Rainer Bauböck, European University Institute ; Prof. Alan Thomas, University of Tilburg ; Prof. Marcus Willaschek, University of Frankfurt
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-234)
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Control code
FIEb16915987
Dimensions
30 cm.
Extent
234 pages
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
n
System control number
(OCoLC)1088458296

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