The Sources of Normativity

The Sources of Normativity

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Ethical concepts are, or purport to be, normative. They make claims on us: they command, oblige, recommend, or guide. Or at least when we invoke them, we make claims on one another; but where does their authority over us - or ours over one another - come from? Christine Korsgaard identifies four accounts of the source of normativity that have been advocated by modern moral philosophers: voluntarism, realism, reflective endorsement, and the appeal to autonomy. She traces their history, showing how each developed in response to the prior one and comparing their early versions with those on the contemporary philosophical scene. Kant's theory that normativity springs from our own autonomy emerges as a synthesis of the other three, and Korsgaard concludes with her own version of the Kantian account. Her discussion is followed by commentary from G. A. Cohen, Raymond Geuss, Thomas Nagel, and Bernard Williams, and a reply by Korsgaard.
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  • Paperback | 290 pages
  • 140 x 213 x 20mm | 340g
  • Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Repr.
  • Worked examples or Exercises
  • 052155960X
  • 9780521559607
  • 152,334

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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"The book is well worth reading..." International Studies in Philosophy
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"The book is well worth reading..." International Studies in Philosophy "This book is destined to replace Kant as the ultimate formulation of Kantian ethics. It should be required reading for any philosopher and should be in every library." W.F. Desmond, Choice "This is a book anyone working in ethics should have on the desk. It is provocative and makes original and major contributions to a defense of a Kantian ethic. The historical developments of the various strands of thought are traced out in clear and helpful style. Korsgaard's writing is itself engaging and clear and her arguments forceful and for the most part compelling. This book constitutes a major advance in ethical theory." L. W. Colter, Review of Metaphysics
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About Christine M. Korsgaard

Thomas Nagel wurde am 4. Juli 1937 in Belgrad geboren, kam aber bereits 1939 in die Vereinigten Staaten und wuchs in New York auf: 1958 schloss er seine Studien an der Cornell University ab, studierte in Oxford und in Harvard und nahm später Lehrtätigkeiten u. a. in Berkeley und in Princeton auf. Gegenwärtig lehrt er an der New York University School of Law. Für sein Werk wurde er u. a. mit dem Balzan-Preis ausgezeichnet.

Raymond Geuss, Professor für Philosophie an der University of Cambridge seit 2007. Raymond Geuss Bücher wurden in zahlreiche Sprachen übersetzt.

Der Philosoph G. A. Jerry Cohen, 1941 in Montréal geboren, am 5. August 2009 in Oxford verstorben, hatte als Nachfolger seines akademischen Lehrers Isaiah Berlin 24 Jahre lang den bedeutenden Chicele-Lehrstuhl für Gesellschaftstheorie und politische Theorie am All Souls College, University of Oxford inne.
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