Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

Hardcover | August 8, 2012

EditorJames Lenman, Yonatan Shemmer

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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 canaccept. 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 thecredibility 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.

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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 canaccept. Apart from the procedure of constructing...

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 mo...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:296 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.98 inPublished:August 8, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsList of Contributors1. James Lenman and Yonatan Shemmer: Introduction2. R. Jay Wallace: Constructivism about Normativity: Some Pitfalls3. Sharon Street: Coming to Terms with Contingency: Humean Constructivism about Practical Reason4. Aaron James: Constructing Protagorean Objectivity5. Michael E. Bratman: Constructivism, Agency, and the Problem of Alignment6. Dale Dorsey: A Puzzle for Constructivism and How to Solve It7. Robert Stern: Constructivism and the Argument from Autonomy8. Michael Ridge: Kantian Constructivism: Something Old, Something New9. Yonatan Shemmer: Constructing Coherence10. Nadeem J. Z. Hussain: A Problem for Ambitious Metanormative Constructivism11. Valerie Tiberius: Constructivism and Wise Judgment12. James Lenman: Expressivism and Constructivism13. T. M. Scanlon: The Appeal and Limits of ConstructivismBibliographyIndex