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Agency and the Foundations of Ethics: Nietzschean Constitutivism

Paul Katsafanas


Constitutivism is the view that we can derive substantive normative conclusions from an account of the nature of action. Agency and the Foundations of Ethics explains the constitutivist strategy and argues that the attractions of this view are considerable: constitutivism promises to resolve longstanding philosophical puzzles about the metaphysics, epistemology, and practical grip of normative claims. Yet constitutivism faces a challenge: it must employ a conception of action that is minimal enough to be independently plausible, but substantial enough to yield robust normative results. The cur ... More

Keywords: constitutivism, constitutive aim, ethics, action, agency, practical reason, normativity, Nietzsche, metaethics

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199645077
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199645077.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul Katsafanas, author
Boston University