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Hare, Richard Mervyn (1919–2002)

DOI
10.4324/9780415249126-DD026-1
DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD026-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
Retrieved September 21, 2020, from https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/hare-richard-mervyn-1919-2002/v-1

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R.M. Hare was the creator of the ethical theory called ‘prescriptivism’. This holds that moral statements differ from purely factual ones in prescribing conduct; they differ from simple imperatives in invoking universal principles that apply to all similar cases. The theory has three aspects: prescriptivity and universalizability as formal features of moral statements; appeal to the Golden Rule (that we should do to others as we wish them to do to us) for selecting moral principles; two levels of practical thinking, critical and intuitive.

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Price, A.W.. Hare, Richard Mervyn (1919–2002), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD026-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis, https://www.rep.routledge.com/articles/biographical/hare-richard-mervyn-1919-2002/v-1.
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