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Moral Sentimentalism

Michael Slote


There has been a great deal of interest in moral sentimentalism in recent years, but most of that interest has been exclusively either in metaethical questions about the meaning of moral terms or in normative issues about benevolence, caring, and compassion and their place in the moral life. This book seeks to deal with both sorts of issues and to do so primarily in terms of the notion of empathy. Hume tried to do something like this more than two centuries ago, though he didn't have the word empathy and used the term sympathy instead. But Hume misconstrued the phenomenology of moral approval ... More

Keywords: approval, autonomy, empathy, feminism, Hume, judgments, justice, Kant, Kripke, metaethics, morality, motivating, objectivity, obligation, phenomenology, respect, sentimentalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780195391442
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195391442.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Michael Slote, author
University of Miami
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