Motivational Internalism

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Gunnar Bj÷rnsson, Fredrik Bj÷rklund, Caj Strandberg
Oxford University Press, 2015 - Philosophy - 306 pages
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Motivational internalism-the idea that there is an intrinsic or necessary connection between moral judgment and moral motivation-is a central thesis in a number of metaethical debates. In conjunction with a Humean picture of motivation, it provides a challenge for cognitivist theories that
take moral judgments to concern objective aspects of reality. Versions of internalism have potential implications for moral absolutism, realism, non-naturalism, and rationalism. Being a constraint on more detailed conceptions of moral motivation and moral judgment, it is also directly relevant to
wider issues in moral psychology. But internalism is a controversial thesis, and the apparent possibility of amoralists and the rejection of strong forms of internalism have also been seen as problems for non-cognitivists.

This volume's thirteen new essays and introduction are meant to help readers appreciate state-of-the-art of research on internalism, to identify connections between various aspects of the debate, and to deepen discussion of a number of central aspects of metaethics. The introductory chapter provides
a structured overview of the debate with a focus on the last two decades, while the book's three main sections focus on what evidence there is for or against various versions of internalism, the relevance of versions of internalism for wider metaethical issues, and different ways of accommodating
both internalist and externalist aspects of moral practice, respectively.


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áContemporary Debates
Part I Evidence for and Against Motivational Internalism
Part II The Relevance of Motivational Internalism
Part III Bridging the Gap Between Internalism and Externalism

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Gunnar Bj÷rnsson, Caj Strandberg, Ragnar FrancÚn Olinder, John Eriksson, and Fredrik Bj÷rklund have published widely on issues related to the volume published. Their papers have appeared in journals such as Mind, Ethics, Journal of Philosophy, Philosophy and Phenomenological Research, Noűs,
Philosophical Studies, Journal of Ethics, and Australasian Journal of Philosophy.

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