No Morality, No Self: Anscombe's Radical Skepticism

No Morality, No Self: Anscombe's Radical Skepticism

by James Doyle


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674976504
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/02/2018
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,261,744
Product dimensions: 6.20(w) x 17.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

James Doyle is Lecturer in Philosophy at Harvard University.

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Part 1 No Morality: "Modern Moral Philosophy" (1958)

1 Virtue Ethics, Eudaimonism, and the Greeks 3

2 The Invention of "Morality" and the Possibility of Consequentialism 24

3 The Misguided Project of Vindicating Morality 31

4 The Futility of Seeking the Extension of a Word with No Intension 52

5 What's Really Wrong with the Vocabulary of Morality? 67

6 Assessing "Modern Moral Philosophy" 84

Part 2 No Self: "The First Person" (1975)

7 The Circularity Problem for Accounts of "I" as a Device of Self-Reference 95

8 Is the Fundamental Reference Rule for "I" the Key to Explaining First-Person Self-Reference? 102

9 Rumfitt's Solution to the Circularity Problem 118

10 Can We Make Sense of a Nonreferential Account of "I"? 138

11 Strategies for Saving "I" as a Singular Term: Domesticating FP and Deflating Reference 151

Epilogue: The Anti-Cartesian Basis of Anscombe's Skepticism 177

Appendix A Aquinas and Natural Law 181

Appendix B Stoic Ethics: A Law Conception without Commandments? 191

Notes 199

References 223

Acknowledgments 231

Index 233

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