Moral Practicality

Paul Bloomfield

in Moral Reality

Published in print October 2001 | ISBN: 9780195137132
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199833092 | DOI:
Moral Practicality

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It is absurd to be a motivational internalist about the property of health; there is no magnetism or queerness in tofu despite it being healthy, and the same tack should be taken with regard to the property of moral goodness. Intuitions behind internalism are found to be confused, and problems are discussed with regard to Hume and Williams on the one hand and Kant, Nagel, and Korsgaard on the other. Externalism is defended: each of us is not as responsive to goodness as we might be, and it is contingent whether or not we motivationally respond to what we recognize is good.

Keywords: externalism; Hume; internalism; Kant; Korsgaard; magnetism; moral practicality; motivation; Nagel; normativity; queerness; Bernard Williams

Chapter.  12053 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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