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James P. Sterba

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199580767

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199580767.001.0001

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Recent Critics of the Rationality-to-Morality Argument

Recent Critics of the Rationality-to-Morality Argument

(p.63) 4 Recent Critics of the Rationality-to-Morality Argument
From Rationality to Equality

James P. Sterba

Oxford University Press

As one might expect, the argument from rationality to morality presented in the previous chapter has not been without its critics. In fact, the argument in its present form owes a great deal to past critiques of its earlier incarnations.As one might expect as well, my now refurbished and more developed justification for morality has attracted a new set of formidable critics, in particular, Charles Mills, Candace Volger, Anita Superson, Russ Shafer-Landau, and Alan Gibbard. Like many of my past critics, these recent critics also look upon my argument for morality, for the most part, with deadly intent. This chapter purports to show how the argument can, in fact, be strengthened and developed through responding to these critics.

Keywords:   rationality, morality, John Rawls, Stephen Darwall, moral skepticism

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