The Moral Skeptic

The Moral Skeptic

by Anita M. Superson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0195376617

ISBN-13: 9780195376616

Pub. Date: 03/13/2009

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Anita Superson challenges the traditional picture of the skeptic who asks, "Why be moral?" While holding that the skeptic's position is important, she builds an argument against it by understanding it more deeply, and then shows what it would take to successfully defeat it. Superson argues that we must defeat not only the action skeptic, but the

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Anita Superson challenges the traditional picture of the skeptic who asks, "Why be moral?" While holding that the skeptic's position is important, she builds an argument against it by understanding it more deeply, and then shows what it would take to successfully defeat it. Superson argues that we must defeat not only the action skeptic, but the disposition skeptic, who denies that being morally disposed is rationally required, and the motive skeptic, who believes that merely going through the motions in acting morally is rationally permissible. We also have to address the amoralist, who is not moved by moral reasons he recognizes. Superson argues for expanding the skeptic's position from self-interest to privilege to include morally unjustified behavior targeting disenfranchised social groups, as well as revising the traditional expected utility model to exclude desires deformed by patriarchy as irrational. Lastly she argues that the challenge can be answered if it can be shown that it is, in an important way, inconsistent and therefore irrational to privilege oneself over others.

The Moral Skeptic makes an important contribution to both metaethics/moral theory and feminist philosophy, and brings feminist thinking into the larger discussion of the skeptical challenge.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195376616
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
Publication date:
03/13/2009
Series:
Studies in Feminist Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Preface
1. Introduction
2. The Self-Interest Based Contractarian Response to the Skeptic
3. A Feminist Ethics Response to the Skeptic
4. Deformed Desires
5. Self-Interest Versus Morality
6. The Amoralist
7. The Motive Skeptic
8. The Interdependency Thesis

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