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Morality, Authority, and Law: Essays in Second-Personal Ethics I

Stephen Darwall


The Second-Person Standpoint (SPS) advanced an analysis of central moral concepts as irreducibly second personal in the sense of conceptually entailing mutual accountability and the authority to address demands. The essays in this volume illustrate the second-personal framework’s power to illuminate a wide variety of issues in moral, political, and legal philosophy. Section I concerns morality: its distinctiveness among normative concepts, the metaethics of “bipolar obligations” (owed to someone), the relation between moral obligation’s form and the substance of our obligations, w ... More

Keywords: morality, authority, law, obligation, autonomy, right, wrong, reasons, principle, reasons

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199662586
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199662586.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Darwall, author
Yale University