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Explanations of moral failure

Mallock, David

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This introductory chapter consists mainly of an account of the way I use the terms 'explanation', 'moral', and 'failure'. The explanations discussed feature in everyday life and are not grounded on scientific accounts of human personality and behaviour. The term 'moral' has a narrow and a broad application deriving from two types of moral code. On the narrow view moral failure is closely tied to wrong-doing, while on the broad view it arises from an insufficiency in what a person makes of his...[Show more]

dc.contributor.authorMallock, David
dc.date.accessioned2013-09-22T23:41:09Z
dc.date.available2013-09-22T23:41:09Z
dc.identifier.otherb12877979
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/1885/10518
dc.description.abstractThis introductory chapter consists mainly of an account of the way I use the terms 'explanation', 'moral', and 'failure'. The explanations discussed feature in everyday life and are not grounded on scientific accounts of human personality and behaviour. The term 'moral' has a narrow and a broad application deriving from two types of moral code. On the narrow view moral failure is closely tied to wrong-doing, while on the broad view it arises from an insufficiency in what a person makes of his life as a whole. Both these types of failure will be discussed in the thesis, The failures with which I am concerned are restricted in two ways: (1) they cover only cases in which the agent tried or at least wanted to do what he failed to do; (2) they presuppose that the agent was able to do the deed in question. Some comments are made on the approach to Ethics employed in this thesis. It is maintained that a necessary preliminary to building a successful moral theory is the careful examination of actual moral experience, and accordingly this thesis is descriptive in its main emphasis. The chapter concludes with a brief account of the arrangement and structure of the thesis…
dc.language.isoen_AU
dc.titleExplanations of moral failure
dc.typeThesis (PhD)
local.contributor.supervisorHerbst, Peter
dcterms.valid1966
local.description.notesSupervisor: Professor Peter Herbst. This thesis has been made available through exception 200AB to the Copyright Act.
local.description.refereedYes
local.type.degreeDoctor of Philosophy (PhD)
dc.date.issued1966
local.contributor.affiliationAustralian National University
local.identifier.doi10.25911/5d78d47eb305c
local.identifier.proquestYes
local.mintdoimint
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