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Encyclopedia > Moral particularism

Moral particularism is the view that there are no moral principles and moral judgement can be found only as one decides particular cases, either real or imagined.


According to particularism, most notably defended by Jonathan Dancy (2004), moral knowledge should be understood as knowledge of moral rules of thumb, which are not principles, and of particular solutions, which can be used by analogy in new cases. Jonathan Peter Dancy (b. ... A rule of thumb is an easily learned and easily applied procedure for approximately calculating or recalling some value, or for making some determination. ... Analogy is either the cognitive process of transferring or giving information from a particular subject (the analogue or source) to another particular subject (the target), or a linguistic expression corresponding to such a process. ...


A largely coincident view about law was defended by Castanheira Neves in his 1967 major work. António Castanheira Neves (born November 8, 1929) is a Portuguese legal philosopher and a professor emeritus at the law faculty of the University of Coimbra. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ...


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