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Naturalism for Rational Animals

Rosalind Hursthouse

in On Virtue Ethics

Published in print September 2001 | ISBN: 9780199247998
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597756 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199247994.003.0011
 Naturalism for Rational Animals

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Ethical naturalism is not to be construed as the attempt to ground ethical evaluations in a scientific account of human nature; ethical evaluations are disanalogous to non‐ethical ones in various ways. Both depend upon our identifying what is characteristic of the species in question. But the other animals’ characteristic ways of going on are many, and ours is just one—a rational way—which introduces a normative aspect.

Keywords: ethical evaluations; ethical naturalism; human nature; normativity; rationality

Chapter.  9501 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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