Normativity and Ethical Theory

Valerie Tiberius

in The Reflective Life

Published in print April 2008 | ISBN: 9780199202867
Published online May 2008 | e-ISBN: 9780191707988 | DOI:
 Normativity and Ethical Theory

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This chapter takes up a challenge to the very idea that the Reflective Wisdom Account constitutes a normative, action-guiding theory of how to live. It argues that the fact that the reasons we have to develop reflective virtues and act for the sake of our values are contingent does not provide any independent cause for concern about their normative status. It further argues that there is an important role for philosophers in the business of telling us what reasons we have, even within a naturalistic framework.

Keywords: Reflective Wisdom Account; living well; reflective virtues; reasons; naturalistic

Chapter.  7197 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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