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As to that a few questions may suffice, questions which naturally arise out of the picture that I have sketched. These are nothing remote or obscure: we may ask, for instance, whether disputes can break out within the sciences as to which among the various procedures are properly applied in a given field, and if so, by what means they are settled; we may ask, again -given that the scientists in the field generally agree on these decisionprocedures -- whether the agreement must be wholly universal or whether a majority will suffice, and if so, how large a majority; and again whether other considerations, for instance the authority of those specially qualified, may ever tell against the weight of numbers; and if so, by whom the experts are to be recognized and whether one may find better and worse judges; and supposing that the judges and experts differ .

1 ____________________ 1 Op. , pp. 180 ff. I take the opportunity of adding in proof that Hare has just published an interesting further account of the work of philosophy (v. "Philosophical Discoveries", Mind, 274, 1960, pp. 145-62). His position, I think, has affinities to that developed below (v. pp. ), for I shall speak of reflective thought as eliciting rules from previous practice. Hare maintains that logic, as he calls it, identifies and describes, and sometimes names, 'various sorts of things that people say .

2 Op. , p. 69. 3 "Universalizability", Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society, lv ( 1955), p. 302. -44though so far, perhaps, it may not be hard to find some modified form of statement, a degree less plausible no doubt, but still defensible. But we must take it in the form which it has deliberately been given. Moral decisions, on this view, themselves serve to establish or institute norms; hence it is hard to make sense of this proposed decision as to what norms 'are worthy to be adopted' -- or again in what way 'we ought to live'.

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