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Value JudgementImproving Our Ethical Beliefs$
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James Griffin

Print publication date: 1998

Print ISBN-13: 9780198752318

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198752318.001.0001

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Agents

Agents

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(p.85) VI Agents
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Value Judgement
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James Griffin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0198752318.003.0007

Once moral norms are of concern, action is too; once action is of concern, the nature of agents is too. This chapter investigates the limits of human motivation and of human understanding, and how, if at all, these limits constrain the content of moral norms. It decides how we should understand the principle (obviously correct on some interpretation of it) that ‘ought’ implies ‘can’.

Keywords:   ethics, moral motivation, motivation, ought, understanding

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