Title

What does holism have to do with moral particularism?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-1-2005

Abstract

Moral particularists are united in their opposition to the codification of morality, and their work poses an important challenge to traditional ways of thinking about moral philosophy. Defenders of moral particularism have, with near unanimity, sought support from a doctrine they call 'holism in the theory of reasons.' We argue that this is all a mistake. There are two ways in which holism in the theory of reasons can be understood, but neither provides any support for moral particularism. © Blackwell Publishing Ltd. 2005.

Publication Name

Ratio

Volume Number

18

First Page

93

Last Page

103

Issue Number

1

DOI

10.1111/j.1467-9329.2005.00273.x

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