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Regard for Reason in the Moral Mind

Joshua May


The burgeoning science of ethics has produced a trend toward pessimism. Ordinary moral judgment and motivation, we’re told, are profoundly influenced by arbitrary factors and ultimately driven by unreasoned feelings or emotions—fertile ground for sweeping debunking arguments. This book counters the current orthodoxy on its own terms by carefully engaging with the empirical literature. The resulting view, optimistic rationalism, maintains that reason plays a pervasive role in our moral minds and that ordinary moral reasoning is not particularly flawed or in need of serious repair. The science d ... More

Keywords: rationalism, optimism, skepticism, debunking arguments, moral judgment, moral motivation, moral knowledge, virtue, emotion, rationalization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198811572
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198811572.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joshua May, author
Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of Alabama

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