Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 9, Issue 2, pp 131–147

The Meta-Justification of Reflective Equilibrium


DOI: 10.1007/s10677-005-9006-2

Cite this article as:
Kappel, K. Ethic Theory Moral Prac (2006) 9: 131. doi:10.1007/s10677-005-9006-2


The paper addresses the possibility of providing a meta-justification of what appears to be crucial epistemic desiderata involved in the method of reflective equilibrium. I argue that although the method of reflective equilibrium appears to be widely in use in moral theorising, the prospects of providing a meta-justification of crucial epistemic desiderata are rather bleak. Nor is the requirement that a meta-justification be provided obviously misguided. In addition, I briefly note some of the implications of these results for our use of the method of reflective equilibrium and for the best interpretation of the method.

Key words

reflective equilibrium meta-justification moral theorising moral epistemology coherentism foundationalism 

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© Springer Science + Business Media, Inc. 2006

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PhilosophyInstitute of University of CopenhagenCopenhagenDenmark

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