chapter  1
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Moral thinking and philosophical questions

Philosophy does not arise out of mere idle speculation or otherworldly fantasizing. That is a caricature. It begins, at least, with what we do, say, and think in everyday life. On reflection, it can be seen that our everyday actions and thoughts already presuppose certain philosophical views, or else give rise to certain philosophical problems. To say ‘I’m going to be practical, and not worry about philosophy’ is simply to accept these conventional presuppositions uncritically and to pretend the problems do not arise. One does not really escape having (implicit) philosophical views, although most people avoid being critical or reflective about them.