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[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / d. Ethical theory]

Full Idea

Since the 1980s, ethics has witnessed a new sort of moral scepticism, this time about the possibility of moral theories.

Gist of Idea

There is a new sort of moral scepticism, about the possibility of moral theories

Source

Daniel Statman (Introduction to Virtue Ethics [1997], 4)

Book Reference

'Virtue Ethics', ed/tr. Statman,Daniel [Edinburgh 1997], p.16


A Reaction

He cites McDowell, Williams, Nussbaum and Baier as the culprits. 'Particularism' (every situation is different, so there can't be rules) seems an essential part of virtue theory, but total absence of principles sounds to me like moral drift.