Normativity and the Will: Selected Essays on Moral Psychology and Practical Reason

Paperback | March 14, 2006

byR. Jay Wallace

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Normativity and the Will collects fourteen important papers on moral psychology and practical reason by R. Jay Wallace, one of the leading philosophers currently working in these areas.The papers explore the interpenetration of normative and psychological issues in a series of debates that lie at the heart of moral philosophy. Part I, Reason, Desire, and the Will, discusses the nexus linking normativity to motivation, including the relations between desire and reasons, the role ofnormative considerations in explanations of action, and the normative commitments involved in willing an end (such as the requirement to adopt the necessary means). Part II, Responsibility, Identification, and Emotion, looks at questions about the rational capacities presupposed by accountableagency and the psychic factors that both inhibit and enable identification with what we do. It includes an interpretation of the Nietzschean claim that ressentiment is among the sources of modern moral consciousness. Part III, Morality and Other Normative Domains, addresses the structure of moralreasons and moral motivation, and the relations between moral demands and other normative domains (including especially the requirements of living a meaningful human life). Wallace's treatments of these topics are at once sophisticated and engaging. Taken together, they constitute an advertisement for a distinctive way of pursuing issues in moral psychology and the theory of practical reason. The book articulates and defends a unified framework for thinking about thoseissues, while offering sustained critical discussions of other influential approaches (by philosophers such as Korsgaard, McDowell, Nietzsche, Raz, Scanlon, and Williams). It should be of interest to every serious student of moral philosophy.

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Normativity and the Will collects fourteen important papers on moral psychology and practical reason by R. Jay Wallace, one of the leading philosophers currently working in these areas.The papers explore the interpenetration of normative and psychological issues in a series of debates that lie at the heart of moral philosophy. Part I,...

R. Jay Wallace is at University of California, Berkeley.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:360 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:March 14, 2006Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

I. Reason, Desire, and the Will1. How to Argue about Practical Reason2. Three Conceptions of Rational Agency3. Explanation, Deliberation, and Reasons4. Normativity and the Will5. Normativity, Commitment, and Instrumental ReasonII. Responsibility, Identification, and Emotion6. Reason and Responsibility7. Moral Responsibility and the Practical Point of View8. Addiction as Defect of the Will: Some Philosophical Reflections9. Caring, Reflexivity, and the Structure of Volition10. Ressentiment, Value, and Self-Vindication: Making Sense of Nietzsche's Slave RevoltIII. Morality and Other Normative Domains11. Virtue, Reason, and Principle12. Scanlon's Contractualism13. The Rightness of Acts and the Goodness of Lives14. Moral Reasons and Moral Fetishes: Rationalists and Anti-Rationalists on Moral Motivation

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"[An] excellent collection of essays.... Wallace's new collection contributes as much to ethical theory as to theories of motivation, responsibility, and autonomy. His discussions in Part III shed much light on some of the most important accounts of practical rationality in recent decades.... This is one of the best works of moral philosophy in the new century; it will be recognized as indispensable reading for any of these philosophical areas."--Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews