Theory and Decision Library A:

Moral Strata

Another Approach to Reflective Equilibrium

Authors: Welch, John R.

  • Attempts to provide the first methodological advance concerning reflective equilibrium since the initial descriptions of the method by Nelson Goodman, John Rawls and Normal Daniels
  • Shows how inductive logic and decision theory can aid the effort to turn the undesirable condition of reflective disequilibrium into reflective equilibrium
  • Introduces a version of decision theory that can be applied with merely comparative plausibilities and utilities
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This volume recreates the received notion of reflective equilibrium. It reconfigures reflective equilibrium as both a cognitive ideal and a method for approximating this ideal. The ideal of reflective equilibrium is restructured using the concept of discursive strata, which are formed by sentences and differentiated by function. Sentences that perform the same kind of linguistic function constitute a stratum. The book shows how moral discourse can be analyzed into phenomenal, instrumental, and teleological strata, and the ideal of reflective equilibrium reworked in these terms. In addition, the work strengthens the method of reflective equilibrium by harnessing the resources of decision theory and inductive logic. It launches a comparative version of decision theory and employs this framework as a guide to moral theory choice. It also recruits quantitative inductive logic to inform a standard of inductive cogency. When used in tandem with comparative decision theory, this standard can aid in the effort to turn the undesirable condition of reflective disequilibrium into reflective equilibrium.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Moral Strata
Book Subtitle
Another Approach to Reflective Equilibrium
Authors
Series Title
Theory and Decision Library A:
Series Volume
49
Copyright
2014
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-08013-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-08013-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-08012-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-38291-3
Series ISSN
0921-3384
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XI, 202
Number of Illustrations and Tables
17 b/w illustrations
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