Cover

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Contents

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p. vii

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Acknowledgments

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pp. ix-x

This book owes much to the insightful criticism of Hugh LaFollette, who subjected an early version of this manuscript to thoughtful, honest, and detailed criticism. Michael Eldridge offered many useful comments, especially with regard to the final...

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Introduction

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pp. 1-12

This book defends a pragmatist account of morality. By “pragmatist” I mean an account of morality that builds on the work of the classical pragmatist tradition of American philosophy and in particular, Dewey’s contribution to that...

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Chapter 1

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pp. 13-60

This chapter offers a pragmatist account of how practical knowledge functions in value deliberation and rational conduct. My theory is meant to account for aesthetic, practical, and cognitive values—as well as those values narrowly defined as...

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Chapter 2

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pp. 61-85

Chapter 1 defended a pragmatist account of practical knowledge in the domains of intentional action and practical justification. This chapter extends the pragmatist view into a discussion of goods. I do not offer a full theory of value in the sense...

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Chapter 3

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pp. 86-126

In this chapter I apply the model of norms and values developed in Chapters 1 and 2 to moral principles. I argue that pragmatism provides a compelling, superior middle way between the view that moral judgment is based on universal principles...

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Chapter 4

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pp. 127-146

The claims advanced so far are about the structure of practical reasoning and moral rationality, but I have not addressed the question of what counts as “moral.” In this chapter, I advance an account of the moral domain that is divided into two...

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Chapter 5

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pp. 147-176

The final chapter is devoted to demonstrating that the pragmatist theory of morality should interface with a robust social criticism. The metaethical job performed in this book is concerned mostly with rather conceptual goals. These involve the...

Notes

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pp. 177-194

Bibliography

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pp. 195-199

Index

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pp. 201-205