Hanging around with Jackson
Consistency in ethical argument, and how to avoid it
in From reason to practice in bioethics
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John Harris has made a lot of use of "consistency arguments" in developing his positions in applied ethics. In this chapter I look at the role of consistency in moral theory and practical argument, and consider some of the ways we might reject consistency as a requirement in moral argument, borrowing some inspiration from Frank Jackson. My argument is somewhat playful, in the spirit of John's well known good humour in public debate.

From reason to practice in bioethics

An anthology dedicated to the works of John Harris

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