General Principles and Specific Cases: Tension and Interrelation

TitleGeneral Principles and Specific Cases: Tension and Interrelation
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1998
AuthorsCohen, S
JournalProfessional Ethics: A Multidisciplinary Journal
Type of ArticleJournal Article
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1063-6579
AbstractMoral encounters occur at three levels of generality: normative principles, normative issues, specific cases. Applied ethics is almost always concerned about establishing a fit between general principles and specific judgments. These are related; but their relationships to each other are often difficult or tense or unclear. The essay gestures toward four areas where this is importantly so: (1) Teaching--theory or case studies. (2) Moral reasoning--driven by principles or by specific judgments. (3) Discussion of issues--at what level of generality and how this is determined. (4) Structure of codes of ethics--the place for general principles and for specific directives.
NotesCover Date: FALL-Winter 1998.Source Info: 6(3-4), 5-18. Language: English. Journal Announcement: 34-2. Subject: ETHICS; MORAL THEORY; PRINCIPLE; TENSION. Update Code: 20100311.
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