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    Dubreuil, Benoit 2011. Moraliser les conventions. Dialogue, Vol. 50, Issue. 02, p. 261.

    STEINBERG, JESSE 2009. Weak Motivational Internalism, Lite:Dispositions, Moral Judgments, and What We're Motivated to Do. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Vol. 39, Issue. sup1, p. 1.


The Possibility of Amoralism: A Defence Against Internalism


A defence of the possibility of amoralism is important to discussions about the foundations of ethics and the justification of morality. I argue against Michael Smith's attempt to show, through a defence of internalism, that amoralism is incoherent. I argue first, that a de dicto reading of the externalist's explanation of changes in motivation which are pursuant upon changes in judgement is not objectionable or implausible as Smith contends; and second, that internalism cannot account for the effort of the will required to make such changes in motivation. I also argue that the internalism/externalism debate can be diffused by considering the epistemic difficulties associated with identifying motivating states and by rejecting the notion that motivation can be understood in terms of psychlogical states.

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