Are You in a Dilemma?: What Disturbing Choices Say About Our Character.
Reason Papers 2007, Fall, 29
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1. What Is a Moral Dilemma? The prevalent interpretation poses moral dilemmas as problems to be solved by moral theory. If a problem cannot be solved, the failure to solve it reflects the shortcomings of moral theory. In fact, both Edmund Pincoffs and Alasdair MacIntyre contend that there can be no moral dilemmas without moral theory. (1) While I agree that moral dilemmas pose serious concerns for moral theory, I shall look at them primarily as posing serious concerns for moral agents. I shall argue that there is a normative component to one's being in a dilemma. So I am concerned not with character judgments about the products of dilemmatic deliberation and choice; instead, I concentrate on the legitimacy of making character judgments based on the very onset of a moral dilemma.
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- Category: Religion & Spirituality
- Published: 22 September 2007
- Publisher: Reason Papers
- Print Length: 20 Pages
- Language: English