Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

Editor James Lenman, Yonatan Shemmer

Oxford University Press | August 8, 2012 | Hardcover

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This volume presents twelve original papers on constructivism - some sympathetic, others critical - by a distinguished group of moral philosophers. ''Kantian constructivism holds that moral objectivity is to be understood in terms of a suitably constructed social point of view that all can accept. Apart from the procedure of constructing the principles of justice, there are no moral facts.'' So wrote John Rawls in his highly influential 1980 Dewey lectures ''Kantian Constructivism in Moral Theory''. Since then there has been much discussion of constructivist understandings, Kantian or otherwise, both of morality and of reason more generally. Such understandings typically seek to characterize the truth conditions of propositions in their target domain in maximally metaphysically unassuming ways, frequently in terms of the outcome of certain procedures or the passing of certain tests, procedures or tests that speak to the distinctively practical concerns of deliberating human agents living together in societies. But controversy abounds over the interpretation and the scope as well as the credibility of such constructivist ideas. The essays collected here reach to the heart of this contemporary philosophical debate, and offer a range of new approaches and perspectives.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 296 pages

Published: August 8, 2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0199609837

ISBN - 13: 9780199609833

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Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

Editor James Lenman, Yonatan Shemmer

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 296 pages

Published: August 8, 2012

Publisher: Oxford University Press

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0199609837

ISBN - 13: 9780199609833

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements List of Contributors 1. James Lenman and Yonatan Shemmer: Introduction 2. R. Jay Wallace: Constructivism about Normativity: Some Pitfalls 3. Sharon Street: Coming to Terms with Contingency: Humean Constructivism about Practical Reason 4. Aaron James: Constructing Protagorean Objectivity 5. Michael E. Bratman: Constructivism, Agency, and the Problem of Alignment 6. Dale Dorsey: A Puzzle for Constructivism and How to Solve It 7. Robert Stern: Constructivism and the Argument from Autonomy 8. Michael Ridge: Kantian Constructivism: Something Old, Something New 9. Yonatan Shemmer: Constructing Coherence 10. Nadeem J. Z. Hussain: A Problem for Ambitious Metanormative Constructivism 11. Valerie Tiberius: Constructivism and Wise Judgment 12. James Lenman: Expressivism and Constructivism 13. T. M. Scanlon: The Appeal and Limits of Constructivism Bibliography Index

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This volume presents twelve original papers on constructivism - some sympathetic, others critical - by a distinguished group of moral philosophers. ''Kantian constructivism holds that moral objectivity is to be understood in terms of a suitably constructed social point of view that all can accept. Apart from the procedure of constructing the principles of justice, there are no moral facts.'' So wrote John Rawls in his highly influential 1980 Dewey lectures ''Kantian Constructivism in Moral Theory''. Since then there has been much discussion of constructivist understandings, Kantian or otherwise, both of morality and of reason more generally. Such understandings typically seek to characterize the truth conditions of propositions in their target domain in maximally metaphysically unassuming ways, frequently in terms of the outcome of certain procedures or the passing of certain tests, procedures or tests that speak to the distinctively practical concerns of deliberating human agents living together in societies. But controversy abounds over the interpretation and the scope as well as the credibility of such constructivist ideas. The essays collected here reach to the heart of this contemporary philosophical debate, and offer a range of new approaches and perspectives.

About the Author

James Lenman was educated at Oxford and St Andrews Universities and employed by Lancaster and Glasgow Universities. He is currently Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. Yonatan Shemmer was educated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Stanford University where he held a fellowship in the Humanities before moving to the University of Sheffield where he is now a Lecturer in Philosophy.
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