Moral Perfectionism: Ethical Theory from a Pragmatic Approach

Carlos Mougán
2009 Human Affairs  
Moral Perfectionism: Ethical Theory from a Pragmatic ApproachThis article tries to rescue the perfectionist approach to moral theory from the pragmatic tradition and inspiration. Based on the philosophy of Dewey and taking into account authors like H. Putnam or S. Cavell, it tries to defend the idea that pragmatism allows us to understand moral perfectionism in a new way. In that way, perfectionism is bound to a certain interpretation of practical rationality, and a new understanding of moral
more » ... standing of moral objectivity and human subjectivity. Finally, moral perfectionism is not a theory that aims to solve all moral dilemmas but provides an understanding of how to face up to the problems of ordinary moral life.
doi:10.2478/v10023-009-0019-7 fatcat:kx6gmcbw5faf5e6vl6rvwdz3ku