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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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

1 How to argue about practical reason 15
2 Three conceptions of rational agency 43
3 Explanation, deliberation, and reasons 63
4 Normativity and the will 71
5 Normativity, commitment, and instrumental reason 82
6 Reason and responsibility 123
7 Moral responsibility and the practical point of view 144
8 Addiction as defect of the will : some philosophical reflections 165
9 Caring, reflexivity, and the structure of volition 190
10 Ressentiment, value, and self-vindication : making sense of Nietzsche's slave revolt 212
11 Virtue, reason, and principle 241
12 Scanlon's contractualism 263
13 The rightness of acts and the goodness of lives 300
14 Moral reasons and moral fetishes : rationalists and anti-rationalists on moral motivation 322
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