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By Anne Thomson

I actually desired to like this ebook on moral reasoning. It easily does not hook up with the reader - probably it is the British method, yet there is little functional connection of the real inspiration of ethics to daily life. maybe different graduate-level textbooks on ethics aren't any larger, i would not understand. yet after examining of Thomson's books, i'd say there must be.

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4 Is there evidence from another source which corroborates this person’s statement? Assessing support for conclusions Reasons can support conclusions in different ways. For example, arguments may use past experience as evidence for their conclusions, or may draw their conclusions on the basis of what is true of similar cases. They may present scientific evidence, or offer general principles which have implications for particular cases. 45 ASSESSING MORAL REASONING In addition to differences in the type of support which reasons give to conclusions, there can be variations in the strength of support.

So withholding information is wrong. (T. Govier, A Practical Study of Argument, Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Company, 1985) The conclusion is that ‘withholding information is wrong’. Does this argument succeed in establishing this conclusion? Before reading further, try to answer this question by writing down some objections to the argument. 33 ASSESSING MORAL REASONING Perhaps you commented that there may be some circumstances in which telling a lie is not the wrong thing to do – if, for example, it prevents a tragedy.

This is not the same as saying that we can easily find out whether factual statements are true, whereas it is difficult to find out whether evaluative statements are true. With some factual statements – for example, ‘There is life outside our universe’ – it may be very difficult to find out if they are true. But whether we can find out or not, the statement is either true or false. By contrast, evaluative statements, it is claimed, could not possibly have either the status of being true or the status of being false.

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