Constructivism in Practical Philosophy

Editat de James Lenman, Yonatan Shemmer
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This volume presents twelve original papers on constructivism--some sympathetic, others critical--by a distinguished 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 reason more generally. Such understandings typically seek to characterize the truth conditions of propositions in their target domain in maximally metaphysically unassuming ways, frequently in terms of the outcome of certain procedures or the passing of certain tests, procedures or tests that speak to the distinctively practical concerns of deliberating human agents living together in societies. But controversy abounds over the interpretation and the scope as well as the credibility of such constructivist ideas. The essays collected here reach to the heart of this contemporary philosophical debate, and offer a range of new approaches and perspectives.

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ISBN-13: 9780199609833
ISBN-10: 0199609837
Pagini: 262
Dimensiuni: 164 x 236 x 21 mm
Greutate: 0.52 kg
Ediția: New.
Editura: Oxford University Press
Colecția OUP Oxford
Locul publicării: Oxford, United Kingdom


This book will be of great interest to philosophers who advocate or oppose constructivist views, particularly of the global sort ... readers unversed in the topic of metaethical constructivism should come away with a good sense of what is at stake in contemporary debates, while specialists will find a wide range of fruitful and challenging ideas with which to engage deeper and explore further.

Notă biografică

Yonatan Shemmer was educated at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and at Stanford University where he held a fellowship in the Humanities before moving to the University of Sheffield where he is now a Lecturer in Philosophy.