An Account of Unified Moral Assessment
PhD Research in Moral Theory
My dissertation, An Account of Unified Moral Assessment, examines the patterns of moral assessment typically employed in response to a number of puzzling moral phenomena. I argue that a proper understanding of the conceptual relationships between them reveals underlying unity to these patterns, providing evidence for a new moral framework. I construct the backbone for a novel moral framework, which unifies prima facie contradictory morally evaluations. I rely on distinctions that widen the realm of possible moral evaluations available to moral judges. Despite the many puzzles in moral theory with no apparent unified solution, I argue that solving one puzzle need not preclude providing satisfactory solutions to another, even when those puzzles stem from apparent tensions between contradicting moral frameworks, such as those between consequentialism and deontology or between proponents of absolute duties and pro tanto duties.
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