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Directed Reflective Equilibrium: Thought Experiments and How to Use Them

Slavny, Adam and Spiekermann, Kai and Lawford-Smith, Holly and Axelsen, David (2020) 'Directed Reflective Equilibrium: Thought Experiments and How to Use Them.' Journal of Moral Philosophy, 18 (1). pp. 1-25. ISSN 1740-4681

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Abstract

In this paper we develop a new methodology for normative theorising, which we call Directed Reflective Equilibrium. Directed Reflective Equilibrium is based on a taxonomy that distinguishes between a number of different functions of hypothetical cases, including two dimensions that we call representation and elicitation. Like its predecessor, Directed Reflective Equilibrium accepts that neither intuitions nor basic principles are immune to revision and that our commitments on various levels of philosophical enquiry should be brought into equilibrium. However, it also offers guidance about how different types of cases ought to be sequenced to achieve this result. We argue that this ‘directional’ approach improves, in various ways, over the non-directional approach of traditional Reflective Equilibrium.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: hypothetical cases; intuitions; methodology; reflective equilibrium
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences
Faculty of Social Sciences > Government, Department of
SWORD Depositor: Elements
Depositing User: Elements
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2020 15:29
Last Modified: 06 Jan 2022 14:19
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/28974

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