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Moral Rationalism

Russ Shafer-Landau

in Moral Realism

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259755
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601835 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0199259755.003.0009
Moral Rationalism

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Defends the idea that moral facts constitute excellent reasons for action, regardless of one's antecedent commitments. Provides some presumptive support for this claim, and then proceeds to criticize the best arguments against moral rationalism (the idea that moral duties entail powerful reasons for action), including a prominent argument by Philippa Foot. Ends by arguing that the idea of intrinsic normativity is not as implausible as many have thought.

Keywords: Philippa Foot; intrinsic normativity; moral rationalism; reasons for action

Chapter.  11029 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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