Values, Norms, and the Practical

Alan Thomas

in Value and Context

Published in print July 2006 | ISBN: 9780198250173
Published online September 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780191604072 | DOI:
 Values, Norms, and the Practical

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This chapter rejects the view that Wiggins’s and McDowell’s theories of moral motivation postulate an objectionable form of inherent normativity in a moral agent’s recognition of value. Their position is no worse off in this regard than anyone else’s, specifically Korsgaard’s. McDowell’s position, and the conflation of different considerations in his metaphor of ‘silencing’ and Wiggins’s genealogy of categorical obligations are described.

Keywords: David Wiggins; John McDowell; Christine Korsgaard; inherent normativity; cognitivism; moral judgement; internalism; motivation

Chapter.  7802 words. 

Subjects: Metaphysics

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