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Normative Externalism

Brian Weatherson


Normative Externalism argues that it is not important that people live up to their own principles. What matters, in both ethics and epistemology, is that they live up to the correct principles: that they do the right thing, and that they believe rationally. This stance, that what matters are the correct principles, not one’s own principles, has implications across ethics and epistemology. In ethics, it undermines the ideas that moral uncertainty should be treated just like factual uncertainty, that moral ignorance frequently excuses moral wrongdoing, and that hypocrisy is a vice. In epistemolo ... More

Keywords: principles, externalism, ethics, epistemology, excuse, disagreement, regress

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780199696536
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780199696536.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Brian Weatherson, author
Marshall M. Weinberg Professor of Philosophy, University of Michigan