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Does moral philosophy rest on a mistake?

Jones, William Thomas (1988) Does moral philosophy rest on a mistake? Humanities Working Paper, 132. California Institute of Technology , Pasadena, CA.

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I have expropriated the title of Prichard's 1912 paperl because, I too answer his question affinnatively. But the mistake I detect is not the one Prichard thought he had uncovered, and his article is a classic example of the mistake I propose to discuss. It is to believe, as some moral philosophers still appear to do, that moral philosophy has a special domain or special method that distinguishes it in some important way from sociology, anthropology, psychology and economics. I shall argue that these moral philosophers are misled by the "philosophical" vocabulary they use.

Item Type:Report or Paper (Working Paper)
Additional Information:I am much indebted to the following friends and colleagues for comments on earlier drafts of this paper: Nancy Atkinson, Jay Atlas, Brian Barry, John Benton, Sharon Bishop, Bruce E. Cain, Randall Curren, Alan Donagan, Burton H. Klein, Arthur Kufiik, Stephen J. Morse, Alan Schwartz, Eleanor M. Searle, Robert M. Stewart, Peter Westen, James F. Woodward, and Charles Young.
Group:Humanities Working Papers
Series Name:Humanities Working Paper
Issue or Number:132
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Official Citation:Jones, W.T. Does moral philosophy rest on a mistake? Pasadena, CA: California Institute of Technology, 1988. Humanities Working Paper, No. 132.
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