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Tim Fowler

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9781529201635

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2020

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781529201635.001.0001

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The Aims of a Moral Theory

The Aims of a Moral Theory

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(p.3) 1 The Aims of a Moral Theory
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Liberalism, Childhood and Justice
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Timothy Fowler

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781529201635.003.0001

The chapter defends the use of ideal theory, and that moral theory should rely on insights from the social sciences. An ideal theory is one that assumes away some political constraints, while the resulting model is unrealistic it plays a vital evaluative function. The conclusions of the social sciences matter in virtue of concepts like wellbeing, which are partly empirical.

Keywords:   Ideal theory, reflective equilibrium, feasibility

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