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Defective Equilibrium

Organon F, 2016, vol. 23, No 4, pp. 443-459.
Language: English
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I argue that the conception of reflective equilibrium that is generally accepted in contemporary philosophy is defective and should be replaced with a conception of fruitful reflective disequilibrium which prohibits ad hoc manoeuvres, encourages new approaches, and eschews all justification in favour of continuous improvement. I suggest how the conception of fruitful disequilibrium can be applied more effectively to moral enquiry, to encourage genuine progress in moral knowledge, if we make moral theory empirically testable by adopting a meta-ethical postulate which is independently plausible.


Ad hoc, defective equilibrium, empirical testability, growth of knowledge, justification, reflective equilibrium

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