Reflective Equilibrium

[Revised entry by Norman Daniels on October 14, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many of us, perhaps all of us, have examined our moral judgments about a particular issue by looking for
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[Revised entry by Norman Daniels on October 14, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography] Many of us, perhaps all of us, have examined our moral judgments about a particular issue by looking for their coherence with our beliefs about similar cases and our beliefs about a broader range of moral and factual issues. In this everyday practice, we have sought "reflective equilibrium" among these various beliefs as a way of clarifying for ourselves just what we ought to do. In addition, we may also have been persuading ourselves that our conclusions were justifiable and ultimately acceptable to us by seeking coherence among...

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