What Is and What Ought to Be Done: An Essay on Ethics and Epistemology

What Is and What Ought to Be Done: An Essay on Ethics and Epistemology

What Is and What Ought to Be Done: An Essay on Ethics and Epistemology

What Is and What Ought to Be Done: An Essay on Ethics and Epistemology

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This study grew out of lectures delivered at the University of Oslo in the spring of 1978. Later that spring, I presented a paper on a related topic at the University of Zagreb, and in the spring of 1979, I presented a similar paper in Tokyo under the auspices of the Department of Philosophy at Tokyo University. I also defended one of the main theses of this essay in my Blanchard W. Means Memorial Lecture, given in the spring of 1980 at Trinity College in Hartford, Connecticut.

I warmly thank Dudley Shapere for discussing the central ideas of this study with me and for helping me to improve it after reading different drafts that were expertly typed by my secretary, Rose Murray. I also wish to express my deep appreciation to my wife, Lucia White, and to my son Nicholas White for making many helpful comments on these drafts. I am very grateful to Gilbert Harman for reading the penultimate draft and for his encouragement. It should not be inferred, however, that these generous readers bear responsibility for my views or that they agree with them.

Since I frequently comment on many numbered statements throughout this study, I have included a list of them for the reader's convenience; that list will be found at the end of the text.

Princeton, New Jersey M.W. August 1980 . . .

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