: Empirical Approaches to Normative Thinking Empirical normative ethics faces deep prejudices both within the consequentialist evaluation), or because it is mature. In the empirical social science and within non-empirical normative latter case the action is a sign of, and a part of, some good end. ethics. And it has a far from glorious history (now mostly forFor the present, my aim is to avoid the controversies between gotten) of failure. Who remembers today Durkheim's unfinished these different views of how good ends enter into our evaluation work on La Morale, or Sorokin's work on creative altruism? But of actions by sticking to the question of what makes ends good. empirical normative ethics now shows signs of serious intellecThis will involve enough controversies of its own. How indeed tual life and growing internal diversity. It is tempting to write a can we identify and describe good ends? How can we study, more survey of the different approaches now being developed. But I generally, what contributes to the goodness of ends? will resist temptation and let others speak for themselves. I will To this question I propose an answer with a strong empirical sketch instead one line of thought,
The Good Society – Penn State University Press
Published: Mar 12, 2002
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