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Two Sources of Morality*

  • Philip Pettit (a1)

This essay emerges from consideration of a question in the epistemology of ethics or morality. This is not the common claim-centered question as to how moral claims are confirmed and whether their mode of confirmation gives us grounds to be confident about the prospects for ethical discourse. Instead, I am concerned with the less frequently posed concept-centered question of where in human experience moral terms or concepts are grounded — that is, where in experience the moral becomes salient to us. This question was central to moral epistemology in the form it took among thinkers such as Locke, Hume, and Kant, and it remains of the first importance today.

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Christine M. Korsgaard , The Sources of Normativity (New York: Cambridge University Press, 1996)

Christine M. Korsgaard , “Self-Constitution in the Ethics of Plato and Kant,” Journal of Ethics 3, no. 1 (1999): 129.

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Social Philosophy and Policy
  • ISSN: 0265-0525
  • EISSN: 1471-6437
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