Normativity and the Will: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Practical Reason

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Overview

Normativity and the Will collects fourteen important papers on moral psychology and practical reason by R. Jay Wallace, one of the leading philosophers currently working in these areas. The papers explore the interpenetration of normative and psychological issues in a series of debates that lie at the heart of moral philosophy. Themes that are addressed include reason, desire, and the will; responsibility, identification, and emotion; and the relation between morality and other normative domains. Wallace's treatments of these topics are at once sophisticated and engaging. Taken together, they constitute an advertisement for a distinctive way of pursuing issues in moral psychology and the theory of practical reason, and they articulate and defend a unified framework for thinking about those issues. The volume also features a helpful new introduction.

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"[An] excellent collection of essays.... Wallace's new collection contributes as much to ethical theory as to theories of motivation, responsibility, and autonomy. His discussions in Part III shed much light on some of the most important accounts of practical rationality in recent decades.... This is one of the best works of moral philosophy in the new century; it will be recognized as indispensable reading for any of these philosophical areas."—Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199287499
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 4/30/2006
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 360
  • Product dimensions: 9.10 (w) x 6.10 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

I. Reason, Desire, and the Will
1. How to Argue about Practical Reason
2. Three Conceptions of Rational Agency
3. Explanation, Deliberation, and Reasons
4. Normativity and the Will
5. Normativity, Commitment, and Instrumental Reason
II. Responsibility, Identification, and Emotion
6. Reason and Responsibility
7. Moral Responsibility and the Practical Point of View
8. Addiction as Defect of the Will: Some Philosophical Reflections
9. Caring, Reflexivity, and the Structure of Volition
10. Ressentiment, Value, and Self-Vindication: Making Sense of Nietzsche's Slave Revolt
III. Morality and Other Normative Domains
11. Virtue, Reason, and Principle
12. Scanlon's Contractualism
13. The Rightness of Acts and the Goodness of Lives
14. Moral Reasons and Moral Fetishes: Rationalists and Anti-Rationalists on Moral Motivation

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