Undergraduate Honors Thesis


The Three Moral Questions Public Deposited

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  • This paper examines the manner in which moral theory ought to be conducted. It focuses on three questions of ethical theory: (1) Why do we conduct moral theory; (2) How ought moral theory be grounded and explored; (3) What is morally good. While many people concern their moral investigations primarily with the third question, I argue that this question of the morally good cannot be satisfactorily answered until the motivational why and methodological how questions are thoroughly examined. To frame this argument, I examine how two famous philosophers, David Hume and Immanuel Kant, answer questions (1) and (2). Based on their answers, I examine a potential problem arising from the question of the morally good, and explore a potential answer to this problem by way of Adam Smith’s moral theory. My proposed answers to these moral questions seek to avoid their potential circularity and promote moral philosophy as a practical science.
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  • 2019-01-01
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  • 2019-12-02
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