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Value and ContextThe Nature of Moral and Political Knowledge$
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Alan Thomas

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250173

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0198250177.001.0001

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Values, Norms, and the Practical

Values, Norms, and the Practical

(p.53) 3 Values, Norms, and the Practical
Value and Context

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This chapter rejects the view that Wiggins’s and McDowell’s theories of moral motivation postulate an objectionable form of inherent normativity in a moral agent’s recognition of value. Their position is no worse off in this regard than anyone else’s, specifically Korsgaard’s. McDowell’s position, and the conflation of different considerations in his metaphor of ‘silencing’ and Wiggins’s genealogy of categorical obligations are described.

Keywords:   David Wiggins, John McDowell, Christine Korsgaard, inherent normativity, cognitivism, moral judgement, internalism, motivation

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