The Idiot

Mark Rowlands

in Can Animals Be Moral?

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199842001
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979844 | DOI:
The Idiot

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The concept of control, identified in the arguments of Aristotle and Kant, is rendered more precise in this chapter. The central dialectical figure of Myshkin is introduced. Myshkin is an individual who seemingly performs good actions, and does so on the basis of good motivations. He is, however, unable to subject his motivations to critical moral scrutiny. He is compared with Marlow—a traditional moral agent. Effective critical scrutiny of motivations is identified as the feature that distinguishes Myshkin and Marlow.

Keywords: critical scrutiny; practical wisdom; Hursthouse; internal versus external reasons; moral module

Chapter.  8984 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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