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The Sources of Normativity

The Sources of Normativity

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Onora O'Neill, G. A. Cohen, Raymond Geuss, Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, Christine Korsgaard
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  • Date Published: July 1996
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521559607

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  • Ethical concepts are, or purport to be, normative. They make claims on us: they command, oblige, recommend, or guide. Or at least when we invoke them, we make claims on one another; but where does their authority over us - or ours over one another - come from? Christine Korsgaard identifies four accounts of the source of normativity that have been advocated by modern moral philosophers: voluntarism, realism, reflective endorsement, and the appeal to autonomy. She traces their history, showing how each developed in response to the prior one and comparing their early versions with those on the contemporary philosophical scene. Kant's theory that normativity springs from our own autonomy emerges as a synthesis of the other three, and Korsgaard concludes with her own version of the Kantian account. Her discussion is followed by commentary from G. A. Cohen, Raymond Geuss, Thomas Nagel, and Bernard Williams, and a reply by Korsgaard.

    • Introduces an original account of the foundations of ethics
    • Links the history of moral philosophy and contemporary philosophical discussions to each other
    • Includes commentary from leading philosophers
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    • Date Published: July 1996
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521559607
    • length: 290 pages
    • dimensions: 213 x 140 x 20 mm
    • weight: 0.34kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Onora O'Neill
    Prologue: excellence and obligation: a very concise history of western metaphysics 387 BC to 1887 AD Christine Korsgaard
    1. The normative question Christine Korsgaard
    2. Reflective endorsement Christine Korsgaard
    3. The authority of reflection Christine Korsgaard
    4. The origin of value and the scope of obligation Christine Korsgaard
    5. Reason, humanity, and the moral law G. A. Cohen
    6. Morality and identity Raymond Geuss
    7. Universality and the reflective self Thomas Nagel
    8. History, morality and the test of reflection Bernard Williams
    9. Reply Christine Korsgaard
    Bibliography
    Index.

  • Author

    Christine M. Korsgaard, Harvard University, Massachusetts

    Foreword

    Onora O'Neill

    Contributors

    Onora O'Neill, G. A. Cohen, Raymond Geuss, Thomas Nagel, Bernard Williams, Christine Korsgaard

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