5 edition of Problems of ethics found in the catalog.
Translation of Fragen der Ethik, originally published, Prentice-Hall, New York, 1939.
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Then whatever I may do in response to B's question will be either a breach of my promise to A or a lie told to B. The conative aspect is the fact that the agent has a certain disposition to be attracted or repelled which is excited by this belief.
From this standpoint the agent's intention is irrelevant. Then he is very liable to make the following mistake. In that case what we have called a 'right-tending' or a 'good-tending' characteristic will be one which tends to Problems of ethics forth the peculiar emotion in its pro-form.
The right act in such circumstances will be the one that makes the best compromise between the various moral claims on the agent, after allowing due weight to the relative urgency of each claim. If we adopt this definition, it seems certain that the concepts of moral characteristics, such as right, ought, and morally good, cannot be empirical unless those characteristics are naturalistic.
is definable in terms of such characteristics together with the notions of cause or subtance or both. I have supposed only that he may have incomplete or inaccurate information about matters of fact and may make mistaken inferences on such matters from his information. The only remark that I wish to make here about them is that their apparent existence presents a considerable difficulty to any form of the emotional attitude analysis of moral judgments.
It may be introduced as follows.
We observe that a belief that an act has a certain non-moral characteristic, e.
Unfortunately each of them seems to be too simple to cover the facts without distorting them.
that of the agent who does it and that of the patient who is affected by it.
They feel that the mere fact of being asked a question or having made a promise imposes on one an urgent component obligation to answer truly or to perform what one has promised, quite independently of whether the consequences will be good or bad.