The Sources of Normativity

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Onora O'Neill
Cambridge University Press, Jun 28, 1996 - Philosophy - 273 pages
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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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Korsgaard is attempting to develop a neo-kantian ethic. Interestingly enough she does this both analytically and dialectically. Analytically in the sense that all her arguments are logical, and always ... Read full review

Contents

The normative question
7
Reflective endorsement
49
The authority of reflection
90
The origin of value and the scope of obligation
131
Reason humanity and the moral law
167
Morality and identity
189
Universality and the reflective self
200
History morality and the test of reflection
210
Reply
219
Bibliography
259
Index
266
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About the author (1996)

Christine M. Korsgaard is Arthur Kingsley Porter Professor of Philosophy at Harvard University. She is the author of Self-Constitution: Agency, Identity, and Integrity (2010), The Constitution of Agency (2009), The Sources of Normativity (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and Creating the Kingdom of Ends (Cambridge University Press, 1996).

Onora O'Neill is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Cambridge. Her most recent publications include A Question of Trust: The BBC Reith Lectures 2002 (2002) and Autonomy and Trust in Bioethics (2002).

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