Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp 397-406

First online:

Applied Ethics. A Defence

  • Torbjörn TännsjöAffiliated withDepartment of Philosophy, University of Stockholm Email author 

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Given a reasonable coherentist view of justification in ethics, applied ethics, as here conceived of, cannot only guide us, in our practical decisions, but also provide moral understanding through explanation of our moral obligations. Furthermore, applied ethics can contribute to the growth of knowledge in ethics as such. We put moral hypotheses to crucial test in individual cases. This claim is defended against the challenges from moral intuitionism and particularism.


Considered intuitions Cognitive psychotherapy Intuitionism Particularism Theory in ethics