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Facts, Values, and Norms

Essays toward a Morality of Consequence

Facts, Values, and Norms by Peter Railton
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In our everyday lives we struggle with the notions of why we do what we do and the need to assign values to our actions. Somehow, it seems possible through experience and life to gain knowledge and understanding of such matters. Yet once we start delving deeper into the concepts that underwrite these domains of thought and actions, we face a philosophical disappointment. In contrast to the world of facts, values and morality seem insecure, uncomfortably situated, easily influenced by illusion or ideology. How can we apply this same objectivity and accuracy to the spheres of value and morality? In the essays included in this collection, Peter Railton shows how a fairly sober, naturalistically informed view of the world might nonetheless incorporate objective values and moral knowledge. This book will be of interest to professionals and students working in philosophy and ethics.
Cambridge University Press; March 2003
410 pages; ISBN 9780511059087
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Title: Facts, Values, and Norms
Author: Peter Railton
 
ISBNs
0511059086
9780511059087
9780521416979