Moral epistemology and the survival lottery
in From reason to practice in bioethics
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Thought experiments of the kind ingeniously construed by John Harris are excellent tools if we want to gain deep moral knowledge. We construct such examples so that they can function as crucial tests between different moral theories, yielding conflicting implications in the examples, and we make an inference to the best moral explanation of the content of our considered moral intuitions about the cases. This provides us with a justified belief in the theory providing the best explanation of the content of our intuitions.

From reason to practice in bioethics

An anthology dedicated to the works of John Harris

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