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Thick Concepts and Internal Reasons

Ulrike Heuer

in Luck, Value, and Commitment: Themes From the Ethics of Bernard Williams

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199599325
eISBN:
9780191741500
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599325.003.0009
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

In his influential discussion of thick concepts Williams argues that the facts that make judgements, which apply thick concepts correctly, true, provide reasons for action — albeit only for the ... More


Reasons Internalism

Russ Shafer-Landau

in Moral Realism: A Defence

Published in print:
2003
Published Online:
January 2005
ISBN:
9780199259755
eISBN:
9780191601835
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199259455.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Discusses the varieties of internalism about reasons, and argues against the most powerful arguments on its behalf, including those offered by Bernard Williams and Christine Korsgaard. Provides two ... More


Freedom as Constraint: The Morality of Autonomy

Katerina Deligiorgi

in The Scope of Autonomy: Kant and the Morality of Freedom

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
September 2012
ISBN:
9780199646159
eISBN:
9780191741142
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199646159.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy

Chapter 4 draws some of the broader consequences of the anti-naturalist assumptions of the theory of autonomy defended here, by looking both at alternative readings of Kant and at broader questions ... More


Desire-Based Theories of Reasons, Pleasure, and Welfare 1

Chris Heathwood

in Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume 6

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780199606375
eISBN:
9780191729478
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199606375.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Metaphysics/Epistemology

One of the most important disputes in the foundations of ethics concerns the source of practical reasons. On the desire-based view, only one's desires (broadly construed) provide one with reasons to ... More


Williams on Thick Ethical Concepts and Reasons for Action

Eric Wiland

in Thick Concepts

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
May 2013
ISBN:
9780199672349
eISBN:
9780191751325
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199672349.003.0012
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics, Moral Philosophy

This paper discusses the relations between two ideas in Bernard Williams's thought: (1) the idea that your reasons for action always depend upon your pre-existing motives, and (2) the idea that moral ... More


Six Degrees of Separation

Dominic McIver Lopes

in Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198827214
eISBN:
9780191866098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827214.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The main argument for the network theory of aesthetic value is that it better explains six facts about aesthetic activity than does its rival, aesthetic hedonism. The chapter indicates why aesthetic ... More


Williams on Practical Reason

John Deigh

in From Psychology to Morality: Essays in Ethical Naturalism

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780190878597
eISBN:
9780190878627
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190878597.003.0008
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Bernard Williams’s controversial view about reasons for action is the topic of this essay. The essay explains Williams’s internalist account of reasons for action as an improvement on Donald ... More


Hume’s Proof of the Insufficiency of Moral Sentiments

Kenneth R. Westphal

in How Hume and Kant Reconstruct Natural Law: Justifying Strict Objectivity without Debating Moral Realism

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780198747055
eISBN:
9780191809200
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747055.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, History of Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

Hume’s theory of justice reveals the basic deficiencies in his own sentiment-based ethical theory. Because Hume’s ethics is widely used as a model or inspiration for contemporary forms of moral ... More


To Seize upon the Applause of the Heart

Dominic McIver Lopes

in Being for Beauty: Aesthetic Agency and Value

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780198827214
eISBN:
9780191866098
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198827214.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

The main argument for the network theory of aesthetic value is that it better explains the facts about aesthetic activity than does its rival, aesthetic hedonism. Aesthetic hedonism reduces aesthetic ... More


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