The Moral Behavior of Ethicists and the Role of the Philosopher

  • Eric Schwitzgebel


Professional ethicists appear to behave no differently than do non-ethicists of similar social background. However, ethicists also appear to embrace more stringent moral norms than do non-ethicists, at least on some issues. Part 1 will summarize the empirical evidence. Part 2 will discuss one possibly attractive response: that an ethicist’s role is to espouse and defend moral norms, with no special obligation to live according to the norms she espouses and defends.


Professional Ethicist Moral Behavior Moral Opinion Special Obligation York Time Magazine 
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