Normative Authority and the Foundations of Ethics

Normative Authority and the Foundations of Ethics

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My dissertation explores the foundations of ethics---the question of whether and where practical justification comes to an end. What reason do we have to be moral? Is the fact that something is pleasurable at least a defensible reason to pursue it, and if so, why? I argue that the only way to answer such questions is to look at what is constitutive of action. Nonnormative facts about the nature of agency can ground the normative authority of reasons for action.ought to do. W.D. Ross is perhaps the most famous adherent of this view. In the midst of his discussion of the ... other externalists have followed Ross in arguing that the practical upshot of normative deliberation can be explained by ... Compare Raz, aquot;The Amoralistaquot;; and for a particularly illuminating discussion, Svavarsdottir, aquot;Moral Cognitivism and Motivationaquot; and aquot;How Do Moral judgments Motivate?

Title:Normative Authority and the Foundations of Ethics
Author:Matthew E. Silverstein
Publisher:ProQuest - 2008


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