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Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

James Lenman and Yonatan Shemmer


This book presents twelve chapters on constructivism — some sympathetic, others critical — by a group of moral philosophers. ‘Kantian constructivism holds that moral objectivity is to be understood in terms of a suitably constructed social point of view that all can accept. Apart from the procedure of constructing the principles of justice, there are no moral facts.’ So wrote John Rawls in his highly influential 1980 Dewey lectures ‘Kantian Constructivism in Moral Theory’. Since then there has been much discussion of constructivist understandings, Kantian or otherwise, both of morality and of ... More

Keywords: Kant, constructivism, John Rawls, morality, moral theory, moral philosophies, human agents

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199609833
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199609833.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

James Lenman, editor
University of Sheffield

Yonatan Shemmer, editor
University of Sheffield