Motivational Internalism

Hardcover | March 13, 2015

EditorGunnar Bjornsson, Fredrik Bjorklund, Caj Strandberg

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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 thattake 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 towider 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 providesa 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 accommodatingboth internalist and externalist aspects of moral practice, respectively.

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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 thattake moral judgments to concern objective a...

Gunnar Bjornsson, Caj Strandberg, Ragnar Francen Olinder, John Eriksson, and Fredrik Bjorklund 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, Nous, Philosophical Studies, Journal of Ethics, and...
Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 9.41 × 6.5 × 1.1 inPublished:March 13, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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"The editors of this collection have brought together an excellent set of philosophers to address the previous question. Roughly one half of the contributors are leading senior metaethicists who have already made important contributions to this debate, whereas the rest are younger scholars whowere selected through an open call for abstracts. The editors have also provided a helpful overview article and arranged the articles of the volume clearly under three distinct headings...I can recommend this collection wholeheartedly to everyone who is interested in the judgement internalismdebate. I can also recommend many individual articles to those metaethicists who are working on other important questions in metaethics and moral psychology." --The Philosophical Quarterly