By S. Hansson
While is it morally applicable to show others to chance? so much ethical philosophers have had little or no to assert in resolution to that question, yet here's a ethical thinker who places it on the centre of his investigations.
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Since we are investigating moral theories whose highest principles are duties, and since we also require that moral theories be action-guiding, this leads us Difficulties for Moral Theories 31 to attempt the construction of a deontological system whose obligations do not run into conflict: Conflict-free specification for deontological theories: The prohibitions of actions and mixtures of actions that a deontological theory gives rise to have to be so specified that conflicts among them do not arise.
3 Back to Basics In the previous chapter we saw that modern ethical theory has great difficulties in dealing with problems involving risk and uncertainty. The purpose of this chapter is to show that these difficulties are symptoms of fundamental deficiencies in the conception of human agency. 2). 3). The central claim of this chapter is that ethical thinking has been hampered by an outdated, pre-Newtonian view of causality that has largely been imported into ethics from decision theory (where it may be a more serviceable idealization).
Can a rights-based theory deal adequately with the mixture appraisal problem? It could possibly be argued that this section is unnecessary, since rights are just another way to express obligations. If that is the case, then we have already dealt with rights implicitly in the previous section. Indeed, many rights have a correlative obligation. You have a right that I do not puncture your bicycle tyres. I have an obligation not to puncture your bicycle tyres. The right and the obligation express the same moral relationship, only seen from the perspectives of different persons.