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Ethicists no more ethical than non-ethicists

So say Joshua Rust and

“The majority of philosophers expressed the view that ethicists do not behave better than non-ethicists”.

The duo came to the conclusion by polling APA attendees.

Professor Leiter of course, raises a good point.

“More useful would be to know about the differences between Kantians, utilitarians, and virtue ethicists.  Based on my utterly non-scientific, anecdotal method, my conclusion is that you’re safest with utilitarians and virtue theorists, and in mortal danger around Kantians”.

Mortal danger is hyperbolic of course, but I know where Leiter is coming from. That said, I agree with the point. The categorical imperative is a dangerous way of deciding what makes an action ethical.


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