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From Psychology to Morality: Essays in Ethical Naturalism

John Deigh


The essays in this collection belong to the tradition of naturalism in ethics. Its program is to explain moral thought and action as wholly natural phenomena, that is, to explain such thought and action without recourse to either a reality separate from that of the natural world or volitional powers that operate independently of natural forces. Naturalism’s greatest exponent in ancient thought was Aristotle. In modern thought Hume and Freud stand out as the most influential contributors to the tradition. All three thinkers made the study of human psychology fundamental to their work in ethics. ... More

Keywords: emotion, naturalism, practical reason, morality, conscience, punishment, moral responsibility, moral judgment

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190878597
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190878597.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Deigh, author
University of Texas at Austin