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Explaining the Reasons We Share: Explanation and Expression in Ethics, Volume 1

Mark Schroeder


Normative ethical theories generally purport to be explanatory—to tell us not just what is good, or what conduct is right, but why. Drawing on both historical and contemporary approaches, Mark Schroeder offers a distinctive picture of how such explanations must work, and of the specific commitments that they incur. According to Schroeder, explanatory moral theories can be perfectly general only if they are reductive, offering accounts of what it is for something to be good, right, or what someone ought to do. So ambitious, highly general normative ethical theorizing is continuous with metaethi ... More

Keywords: moral explanation, metaethics, reasons, supervenience, instrumental rationality, autonomy, Ralph Cudworth

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198713807
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198713807.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Schroeder, author
University of Southern California