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From reason to practice in bioethicsAn anthology dedicated to the works of John Harris$
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John Coggon, Sarah Chan, Soren Holme, and Thomasine Kushner

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719096235

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719096235.001.0001

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Hanging around with Jackson

Hanging around with Jackson

consistency in ethical argument, and how to avoid it

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From reason to practice in bioethics

Richard Ashcroft

Manchester University Press

John Harris has made a lot of use of “consistency arguments” in developing his positions in applied ethics. In this chapter I look at the role of consistency in moral theory and practical argument, and consider some of the ways we might reject consistency as a requirement in moral argument, borrowing some inspiration from Frank Jackson. My argument is somewhat playful, in the spirit of John's well known good humour in public debate.

Keywords:   Consistency, Moral theory, Applied ethics

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