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Is Morality Necessary?

SectionPara
0Preliminaries
1Explanations in moral philosophy.
2Complete reductive explanations.
3Proposal to consider whether there could be a complete reductive explanation of moral language.
AOn 'analytic' moral philosophy
A1The unsatisfactory nature of 'analytic' moral philosophy.
A2An 'analytic' philosopher concerns himself with analytic truths.
A3There may be few analytic truths.
A4Analytic moral truths may not be helpful.
A5Morals must be understood as a kind of value system.
A6For a full understanding one must not regard the language as fixed.
BGetting beyond language
B1not a question about language
B2cannot be made precise
B3answer precise relatives
B4keep your eye on the ball
CA digression about writing
C1thinking
C2the insolubility of interesting problems
C3putting thoughts on paper
C4thinking in the medium
C5disposing of preconceptions
C6making a life of it
DMorality and anarchy
D1back to the point
D2clarifying the question
D3the connection with anarchism
EAnarchism as a 'Philosophy of life'
E1an unfettered outpouring
E2personal, moral and political anarchism
FReformulating the question
F1characteristics of moral systems
F2not necessarily necessary
F3initial reformulation
F4what kind of necessity?
F5prudential necessity, pros and cons
GValue systems, apparent and professed
G1defining apparent and professed values
G2how to discover them
G3considered as estimates
G4true values may be distinct
HIs a value system necessary?
H1to whom?
H2considered in terms of logical necessity
H3is it logically necessary that an individual have an apparent value system?
H4an actual value system?
H5dire consequences
NLecturer's comments

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