Pogge, Thomas (2008) COHEN TO THE RESCUE! Ratio, 21 (4). pp. 454-475. ISSN 00340006
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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9329.2008.00413.x
Cohen seeks to rescue the concept of justice from those, among whom he includes Rawls, who think that correct fundamental moral principles are fact-sensitive. Cohen argues instead that any fundamental principles of justice, and fundamental moral principles generally, are fact-insensitive and that any fact-sensitive principles can be traced back to fact-insensitive ones. This paper seeks to clarify the nature of Cohen's argument, and the kind of fact-insensitivity he has in mind. In particular, it distinguishes between internal and external fact-sensitivity – that is, whether facts are referenced in the content of the principle, or must otherwise be the case in order for the principle to apply at all. Cohen himself seems likely to endorse internally fact-sensitive fundamental principles. This leads to a discussion of Cohen's Platonism about moral principles and the extent to which his arguments cover all its rivals.
|Uncontrolled Keywords (separate with ;):||justice; moral principles|
|Subjects:||B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)|
|Schools:||College of Health and Wellbeing > School of Health Sciences|
|Deposited By:||Cathy Lennon|
|Deposited On:||21 Mar 2012 12:28|
|Last Modified:||17 Mar 2014 08:57|
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