Compromise Between Incommensurable Ethical Values

Martijn Boot*

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In the chapter I discuss compromises in ethical conflict and disagreement with respect to public decisions between conflicting incommensurable valuable alternatives. I argue that in some cases incommensurability prevents a principled compromise, which is defined as a rational way to achieve a trade-off or balance between conflicting values. Incommensurable values, which are usually at stake in the pursuit of a compromise, lack an equivalence relation, which prevents a determinate trade-off or balance between them. This is especially problematic with respect to the pursuit of compromises in ethical conflicts, including conflicts of justice, where we need a rational and ethical justification for the final decision. I will show how a deliberative democratic procedure can make the final decision legitimate but that, in the relevant cases, it cannot avoid an ethical deficit.
Originele taal-2English
TitelCompromises in Democracy
RedacteurenSandrine Baume, Stéphanie Novak
UitgeverijPalgrave MacMillan
Aantal pagina's27
ISBN van elektronische versie978-3-030-40802-2
ISBN van geprinte versie978-3-030-40801-5
StatusPublished - 2020

Publicatie series

NaamPalgrave Studies in Compromise after Conflict
UitgeverijPalgrave MacMillan

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