Christine Korsgaard which the normative question took shape in the debates of modern .. And that is the source of normativity.l3 So the argument shows. Christine M. Korsgaard, The Sources of Normativity (Cambridge: Cambridge reflection leads ineluctably to her endorsement of the source of moral claims. The Sources of Normativity has ratings and 12 reviews. Anthony said: Somewhere in the middle of this book you get the feeling that you may, in fact.

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Roger Amafo rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Like much of Korsgaard’s work, I found it interesting but seriously mistaken. Charles rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Angela rated it it was amazing Jan 02, The thinking self has the power to command the acting self. In addition to addressing how and why moral ideas can have important practical and psychological effects on us, she also attempts to justify granting this kind of importance to morality.

Want to Read saving…. Quotes from The Sources of No Ethical concepts are, or purport to be, normative and make claims on us. Ethical concepts are, or purport to be, normative. Aug 22, Daniel Tovar rated it liked it. Contents The normative question.

The Sources of Normativity

One of the challenges with the book, and it does weigh a bit on my review of the book, is that the language is often more obscure and technical than it needs to be, and dwells on a lot of references within the literature that give it the distinctive texture of academic writing. To do otherwise would constitute a failure to be consistent.

Notes on the contributors. Jun 07, Anthony rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Kant’s theory that normativity springs from our own autonomy emerges as a synthesis of the other three, and Korsgaard concludes with her own version of the Kantian account.


Erin rated it it was ok Sep 22, Cohen Geuss give Hobbes human nature Hume Hume’s hypothetical imperative idea identify impulse intrinsically normative justified Kant Kant’s Kantian kind Kingdom of Ends lecture live Mafioso mative maxim means Mill mind moral concepts moral law moral obligation moral philosophy moral realism motive Nagel Nietzsche normative concepts normative entities normative question objection ONORA O’NEILL ourselves pain person perspective philosophers Plato point of view practical identity Prichard principle of choice private reasons problem Pufendorf rational Raymond Geuss reason for action reflective endorsement reject requires Schneewind seems sensation social someone sort sovereign suppose theory thing Thomas Nagel thought tion tive true truth utilitarian virtue Wittgenstein wrong.

You may also like Sheridan rated it really liked it. Korsgaard speaks in a clear, understandable way about exceptionally complex subjects. In an undergrad philosophy class on problems in ethical theory, taught by libertarian James Stacey Taylor who introduced me to the IHSwe were required to write words-or-less summaries of each chapter of the philosophy books we were reading. A good maxim is an intrinsically normative entity. These laws are constrained by the Categorical Imperative.

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Summary: Korsgaard’s Sources of Normativity

The Categorical Imperative tells us to act only on a maxim that can be consistently willed into a universal law. Cambridge University Press Amazon. JL Vanderhoek rated it really liked it Aug 25, Christine Korsgaard identifies four accounts of the source of normativity that have been advocated by modern moral philosophers: Sun Liu rated it it was ok Jun 13, We can do this with a maxim, for it has the form of a law by virtue of its intrinsic properties, and it is this that makes it a final reason for action.

My library Help Advanced Book Search. For to violate them is to lose your integrity and so your identity, and to no longer be who you are. Because our reflection distances us from the emotional and desirable route of action, this means we must act for reasons.


Morsgaard of all, Korsgaard wants to ask “the normative question,” that is, what justifies the claims morality makes on us. Cambridge University PressJun 28, – Philosophy – pages. Refresh and try again. Like a lot of what I read, I wouldn’t recommend the book to those outside of ethics.

The responses from Cohen, Nagel, Guess, and Williams fail to damage her project too much, before she provides a thorough and convincing reply in the final section of the book the benefit of being the author of the book, I suppose.

The origin of value and the scope of obligation. Made me think I was a Kantian because of its emphasis on the connection of morality with one’s self-concept.

When we are acting under volitional necessity, that is, when all actions but one are unthinkable then we are most autonomous.

Summary: Korsgaard’s Sources of Normativity

Steve rated it really liked it Nov 14, This approach to argument, and the fact that it is so succinct, makes me think that Korsgaard is probably under-read among a lot of modern ethicists; personally, I would prefer using her work to talk about Kantian senses nogmativity obligations than a lot of the other writers, and try to set her up as a foil.

Selected pages Title Page. As reflective beings, we must reflexively endorse a desire if it is to be considered a reason to act. Brian rated it liked it Apr 25, Somewhere in the middle of this book you get the feeling that you may, in fact, be a Kantian. Thanks for telling us about the problem.