On knowing the 'why'. Particularism and moral theory

Hastings Cent Rep. Jul-Aug 2001;31(4):32-40.


If particularism is right, the broad moral claims we make are usually riddled with exceptions. But such generalizations can still be a useful, even necessary part of moral life. They help us show what we should do, and they are essential for understanding why we should do it.

MeSH terms

  • Ethical Theory*
  • Humans
  • Moral Development*
  • Principle-Based Ethics*
  • United States