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Hare, Richard Mervyn (1919–2002)

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-DD026-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

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.

Citing this article:
Price, A.W.. Hare, Richard Mervyn (1919–2002), 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-DD026-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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