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Theory and practice

DOI: 10.4324/9780415249126-L104-1
Version: v1,  Published online: 1998
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Article Summary

Questions concerning the relation of ‘theory’ to ‘practice’ include whether there is a role for theory in the practical realm of ethics and politics; if so, how it can guide or provide justificatory reasons for practice; how reference to ethical practices might enter into the justification of theory; and whether theory can play a role in the critical appraisal of social practice. In responding to these issues, different conceptions of theory and practice need to be distinguished. Justifiable scepticism about ambitious claims for ethical theory need not rule out a more modest role for theoretical reflection on practice.

Citing this article:
Oneill, John. Theory and practice, 1998, doi:10.4324/9780415249126-L104-1. Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Taylor and Francis,
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