A Constructivist Theory of Moral Norms

Matt Matravers

in Justice and Punishment

Published in print August 2000 | ISBN: 9780198295730
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191599828 | DOI:
 A Constructivist Theory of Moral Norms

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The argument is that agents have reason, although not a decisive reason, jointly to make the existential commitment needed to ground morality. These reasons appeal to psychological evidence about well‐being. There are important sources of well‐being that cannot be tapped without making the commitment to live together with others on moral terms. The nature and scope of the moral community understood as the product of such joint commitment is examined.

Keywords: commitment; moral community; morality; well‐being

Chapter.  14782 words. 

Subjects: Political Theory

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