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  • March 22, 2019
  • Song, Yujia
    • Affiliation: College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Philosophy
  • This paper is an inquiry into the ethics of moral judgments. Judging is an activity, which has special moral significance because it deals directly with the workings of the moral system. A lot has been said about the person being judged - how we can determine whether an action is wrong or whether the agent is responsible, for instance. But not enough attention has been paid to the person making the judgments. In this paper, I will explore these questions: Do we need a standing to make moral judgments? What does it amount to? What is its basis? I will argue that there are at least three important criteria: knowledge, stake, and purity, and that each has an independent basis. To judge only when one has proper standing is to fully appreciate the role of the self in a moral community, and how the self is to relate to the other.
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