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Explaining the Reasons We Share pulls together over a decade of work by one of the leading figures in contemporary metaethics. One new and ten previously published papers weave together treatments of reasons, reduction, supervenience, instrumental rationality, and legislation, to paint a sharp contrast between two plausible but competing pictures of the nature and limits of moral explanation--one from Cudworth and one indebted to Kant. A substantive new introduction provides a map to reading these essays as a unified argument, and qualifies their conclusions in light of Schroeder's current views.
Along with its sister volume, Expressing Our Attitudes, this volume advances the theme that metaethical inquiry is continuous with other areas of philosophy.
Mark Schroeder is the author of Slaves of the Passions (OUP 2007), Being For: Evaluating the Semantic Program of Expressivism (OUP 2008), and Noncognitivism in Ethics (Routledge 2010), as well as over fifty articles in ethics, epistemology, and the philosophy of language. His work has appeared in Ethics, Philosophical Review, Mind, Nous, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, Philosophical Studies, and many other places. He is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Southern California.
Table of Contents
Cudworth and Normative Explanations
Reasons and Agent-Neutrality
The Humean Theory of Reasons
What Matters About Metaethics?
Supervenience Arguments Under Relaxed Assumptions
The Price of Supervenience
The Scope of Instrumental Reason
Means-End Coherence, Stringency, and Subjective Reasons
The Hypothetical Imperative?
Hypothetical Imperatives, Scope, and Jurisdiction
Scope for Rational Autonomy