Ethics, Fitting Attitudes, and Practical Reason: A Theory of Normative Facts

Dissertation, University of Michigan (2009)
  Copy   BIBTEX

Abstract

I present and defend (1) an account of ethical judgments as judgments about our reasons to feel specific motivationally laden attitudes, (2) an account of what an agent should do in terms of what would achieve ends that she has reason to be motivated to pursue, and (3) an account of an agent’s reasons for motivation (and thus action) in terms of the prescriptions of the most fundamental principles that guide her deliberations. Using these accounts, I explain the connection between ethics and reasons for action, how ethical judgments are both descriptive and intrinsically motivating, and how ethical facts arise from facts about agents’ deliberations.

Author's Profile

Howard Leo Nye
University of Alberta

Analytics

Added to PP
2015-11-04

Downloads
1,341 (#8,373)

6 months
243 (#9,976)

Historical graph of downloads since first upload
This graph includes both downloads from PhilArchive and clicks on external links on PhilPapers.
How can I increase my downloads?