Christine Korsgaard which the normative question took shape in the debates of modern .. And that is the source of normativity.l3 So the argument shows. Christine M. Korsgaard, The Sources of Normativity (Cambridge: Cambridge reflection leads ineluctably to her endorsement of the source of moral claims. The Sources of Normativity has ratings and 12 reviews. Anthony said: Somewhere in the middle of this book you get the feeling that you may, in fact.

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Because our reflection distances us from the emotional and oorsgaard route of action, this means we must act for reasons. Liberty, Virtue, and the Autobot Way.

I can rationally deliberate about X, and still choose to take the purely emotional route I would have taken, even if I had not deliberated. One of the challenges with the book, and it does weigh a bit on my review of the book, is that the language is often more obscure and technical than it needs to be, and dwells on a lot of references within the literature that give it the distinctive texture of academic writing.

A citizen who acts on a vote that has gone the way she thinks it should may in one sense be more wholehearted than one who must submit to a vote that has not gone her way. Christine Korsgaard identifies four accounts Only a law that ranges over every rational being will be a moral law.

The Sources of Normativity by Christine M. Korsgaard

Lists with This Book. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Cambridge University PressJun 28, – Philosophy – pages. Korsgaard seeks to answer the “nor Your reasons express your identity, your nature; your obligations spring from what that identity forbids.

To do otherwise would constitute a failure to be consistent. LG, Drew, DiClaudio, everyone. Slow-Cooked Spicy Citrus Chicken. D from Harvard where she was a student of John Rawls. Chris rated it really liked it Mar 28, The arguments are succinct, poignant, and thoughtful; she considers a pretty wide range of possible views advanced throughout the 19th and 20th century ethics literature.


The thinking self has the power to command the acting self. To a certain extent, that’s just a convention in the discipline, but it does really get in the way of some of the more interesting ideas.

First of all, Korsgaard wants to ask “the normative question,” that is, what justifies the claims morality makes on us. We can do this with a maxim, for it has the form of a law by virtue of its intrinsic properties, and it is this that makes it a final reason for action.

The Sources of Normativity

Usman Raza rated it really liked it Jun 24, Korrsgaard authority of reflection. It is to be for eources practical purposes dead or worse than dead. A private reason would be a reason only for X, whereas public reasons are reasons for all agents relatively similar to X. The reason cannot be imposed by an external source. Kant’s theory that normativity springs from our own autonomy emerges as a synthesis of the other three, and Korsgaard concludes with her own version of the Kantian account.

Her discussion is followed by commentary from G. Or at least when we invoke them, we make claims on one another; but where does their authority over us – or ours over one another – come from? Jan 02, Blakely rated it really liked it.

Selected pages Table of Soruces. In an undergrad philosophy class on problems in nromativity theory, taught by libertarian James Stacey Taylor who introduced me to the IHSwe were required to write words-or-less summaries of each chapter of the philosophy books we were reading.

Not they ought to do X, they must and will.


If you’re not, move korsgaad. They make claims on us: Analytically in the sense that all her arguments are logical, and always attempting to contain a valid form. Christine Korsgaard identifies four accounts of the source of normativity that have been korsgard by modern moral philosophers: Jeppe von rated it it was amazing Mar 31, Made me think I was a Kantian because of its emphasis on the connection of morality with one’s self-concept.

A good maxim is an intrinsically normative entity. Roger Amafo rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Korsgaard Limited preview – The origin of value and the scope of obligation. But a citizen in whom the general will triumphs gracefully over the private will exhibits a very special kind of autonomy, which is certainly not a lesser form. Sheridan rated it really liked it.

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Korsgaard turns inward the voluntarist formulation of legislator and citizen, positing the thinking self and acting self as our double nature. Oct 15, C rated kkrsgaard it was ok. Like much of Korsgaard’s work, I found it interesting but seriously mistaken.

History morality and thetestof reflection. She traces their history, showing how each developed in response to the prior one and comparing their early versions with those on the contemporary philosophical scene. This book is not yet featured on Listopia.

Summary: Korsgaard’s Sources of Normativity

Autonomy requires self-imposed laws, which cannot be picked arbitrarily. Korsgaard makes one too many logical leaps, in the traditional ca Korsgaard is attempting to develop a neo-kantian ethic. The result purports to be an objective and universal theory of meta-ethics.