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  • adjective Not derived; basic.

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  • adjective not derived, not related.

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  • adjective not derived; primary or simple


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un- +‎ derived


  • Ross distinguishes between derived and underived prima facie duties.

    Moral Particularism

  • The underived ones are the duty to do the just thing, to act for the best, not to cause harm, to keep promises, and so on.

    Moral Particularism

  • So derived reasons are variable, and underived ones invariant.

    Moral Particularism

  • On this account, counter-examples will only do damage if they are aimed at the supposed underived reasons.

    Moral Particularism

  • If it does give me a reason, it will because it is keyed in some way into an unvariable, underived reason.

    Moral Particularism

  • The intrinsic desirability of such states of affairs as one's flourishing in life and health, in knowledge and in friendly relations with others, is articulated in foundational, underived principles of practical reasoning (reasoning towards choice and action).

    Natural Law Theories

  • The only underived reason for action is self-interest; that an act helps another does not by itself provide a reason for performing it, unless some connection can be made between the good of that other and one's own.

    Aristotle's Ethics

  • It produces the kind of intuition that is the "non-sequential" knowing underived from established fact or observable time-space events.

    How To Know What You Know

  • And the science of the king is of the latter nature; but the power which he exercises is underived and uncontrolled, — a characteristic which distinguishes him from heralds, prophets, and other inferior officers.

    The Statesman

  • If one takes the doctrine of the monarchy of the Father in a modest sense, to mean that the existence of the Father alone is underived, and that of the other two persons is derived from the Father's, there is no dispute.

    Archive 2006-12-01


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