The mystique of moral dilemmas

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Abstract

The paper is concerned with the question of the existence of moral dilemmas, conceived of as situations involving a subject in a conflict of non-overridden moral obligations. I reject some of the presuppositions underlying discussions of this question and argue that certain morally relevant choices cannot be evaluated in relation to an all-things-considered moral obligation as permissible or impermissible, right or wrong. In arguing for the inadequacy of our ordinary moral predicates for fully capturing the nature of such choices, I argue that they are, in certain respects, inexpressible.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)221-236
Number of pages16
JournalRatio
Volume18
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2005

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