The Sources of Normativity / Edition 1

The Sources of Normativity / Edition 1

by Christine M. Korsgaard, Bernard Williams, Thomas Nagel, Raymond Geuss
     
 

ISBN-10: 052155960X

ISBN-13: 9780521559607

Pub. Date: 06/28/1996

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Ethical concepts are, or purport to be, normative. They make claims on us: they command, oblige, recommend, or guide. But where does their authority over us come from? Christine Korsgaard identifies and examines four accounts of the source of normativity that have been advocated by modern moral philosophers--voluntarism, realism, reflective endorsement, and the…  See more details below

Overview

Ethical concepts are, or purport to be, normative. They make claims on us: they command, oblige, recommend, or guide. But where does their authority over us come from? Christine Korsgaard identifies and examines four accounts of the source of normativity that have been advocated by modern moral philosophers--voluntarism, realism, reflective endorsement, and the appeal to autonomy--and shows how Kant's autonomy-based account emerges as a synthesis of the other three. Her discussion is followed by commentary from G.A. Cohen, Raymond Geuss, Thomas Nagel, and Bernard Williams, and a reply by Korsgaard.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521559607
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
06/28/1996
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
258
Sales rank:
516,226
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.67(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction Onora O'Neill; Prologue: excellence and obligation: a very concise history of western metaphysics 387 BC to 1887 AD Christine Korsgaard; 1. The normative question Christine Korsgaard; 2. Reflective endorsement Christine Korsgaard; 3. The authority of reflection Christine Korsgaard; 4. The origin of value and the scope of obligation Christine Korsgaard; 5. Reason, humanity, and the moral law G. A. Cohen; 6. Morality and identity Raymond Geuss; 7. Universality and the reflective self Thomas Nagel; 8. History, morality and the test of reflection Bernard Williams; 9. Reply Christine Korsgaard; Bibliography; Index.

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