The Problem with Moralism

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Abstract

Moralism is often described as a vice. But what exactly is wrong with
moralism that makes it aptly described as a character flaw? This paper
will argue that the problem with moralism is that it downgrades the
force of legitimate moral criticism. First, I will argue that moralism
involves an inflated sense of the extent to which moral criticism is
appropriate. Next, I will examine the value of legitimate moral criticism,
arguing that its value stems from enabling us to take a stand
against immoral behavior. Finally, I will argue that unwarranted moral
criticism downgrades the force of legitimate moral criticism and that
this is why moralism should be seen as a vice.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
JournalRatio
Volume31
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2018

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