9780521809870

Ethics and the A Priori: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Meta-Ethics

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    9780521809870

  • ISBN10:

    0521809878

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2004-09-06
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Summary

Over the last fifteen years, Michael Smith has written a series of seminal essays about the nature of belief and desire, the status of normative judgment, and the relevance of the views we take on both these topics to the accounts we give of our nature as free and responsible agents. This long awaited collection comprises some of the most influential of Smith's essays. Among the topics covered are: the Humean theory of motivating reasons, the nature of normative reasons, Williams and Korsgaard on internal and external reasons, the nature of self-control, weakness of will, compulsion, freedom, responsibility, the analysis of our rational capacities, moral realism, the dispositional theory of value, the supervenience of the normative on the non-normative, the error theory, rationalist treatments of moral judgment, the practicality requirement on moral judgment and non-cognivist. This collection will be of interest to students in philosophy and psychology.

Table of Contents

Preface ix
Sources xi
Introduction 1(16)
Part One Moral Psychology
Internal Reasons
17(26)
The Incoherence Argument: Reply to Schafer-Landau
43(13)
Philosophy and Commonsense: The Case of Weakness of Will (co-authored with Jeanette Kennett)
56(17)
Frog and Toad Lose Control (co-authored with Jeanette Kennett)
73(11)
A Theory of Freedom and Responsibility
84(30)
Rational Capacities
114(22)
On Humeans, Anti-Humeans, and Motivation: A Reply to Pettit
136(10)
Humeanism, Psychologism, and the Normative Story
146(9)
The Possibility of Philosophy of Action
155(26)
Part Two Meta-Ethics
Moral Realism
181(27)
Does the Evaluative Supervene on the Natural?
208(26)
Objectivity and Moral Realism: On the Significance of the Phenomenology of Moral Experience
234(25)
In Defence of The Moral Problem: A Reply to Brink, Copp, and Sayre-McCord
259(38)
Exploring the Implications of the Dispositional Theory of Value
297(21)
Internalism's Wheel
318(25)
Evaluation, Uncertainty, and Motivation
343(16)
Ethics and the A Priori: A Modern Parable
359(22)
Index 381

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