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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History morality and thetestof reflection. 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.

Summary: Korsgaard’s Sources of Normativity

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Refresh and try again. Unfortunately the book largely fails, in my opinion.

The Sources of Normativity Christine M. Usman Raza rated it really liked it Jun 24, It is to be for all practical purposes dead or worse than dead. The authority of reflection. This approach to argument, and the normativiyt that it is so succinct, makes me think that Korsgaard is probably under-read among a lot of modern ethicists; personally, I would prefer using her work to talk about Kantian senses of obligations than a lot of the other writers, and try to set korsgarad up as a foil.

The Sources of Normativity.

Reuben Mackey rated it it was amazing Oct 10, The thinking nomrativity has the power to command the acting self. Steve rated it really liked it Nov 14, Korsgaard seeks to answer the “normative question”: Jeppe von rated it it was amazing Mar 31, Books by Christine M. Korsgaard Limited preview – Thanks for telling us about the problem. Angela rated it it was amazing Jan 02, It is here, in the Self, that Korsgaard locates the source of normativity. If I become a Kantian, Korsgaard’s the reason.


Herein lies our moral obligations to others. That is, it is to no longer be able to think of yourself under the description under which you value yourself and find your life to be worth living and your actions to be worth undertaking. Like a psychological egoist, she is reading back into the action a mental framework that fits her theory, but at the moment of action X, it is not absolutely certain that the action was performed out of reason, and not emotion moments of love, and anxiety, attest to this.

Only a law that ranges over every rational being will be a moral law. Korsgaard makes one too many logical leaps, in the traditional ca Korsgaard is attempting to develop a neo-kantian ethic. If you’re not, move along. Nagel’s objections seem to me the most convincing of the four, but it is worth reading The Sources of Normativity for anyone who wants to decide for themselves. I don’t know to what extent I agree with her conclusions, but she has introduced many fascinating ideas about rationality, morality and where we might find normativity with this series of lectures.

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?

The Sources of Normativity by Christine M. Korsgaard

The polemical part of the book is worth the time, too. You may also like The Categorical Imperative tells us to act only on a maxim that can be consistently willed into a universal law. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Korsgaard is an American philosopher whose main academic interests are in moral philosophy and its history; the relation of issues in moral philosophy to issues in metaphysics, the philosophy of mind, and the theory of personal identity; the korrsgaard of personal relationships; and in normativity in general.


The responses from Cohen, Nagel, Guess, and Williams fail to damage her project nomativity much, before she provides a thorough and convincing reply in the final section of the book the benefit of being the author of the book, I suppose. Philosophy should always be in lecture form and always be this exciting.

Since human beings have only reasons that can be shared, korsgaagd we value our own humanity we must recognize that we share that humanity with others and so must sourcees the humanity of others as well.

Jan 02, Blakely rated it really liked it. Made me think I was a Kantian because of its emphasis on the connection of morality with one’s self-concept. Slow-Cooked Spicy Citrus Chicken. Freedom in Community and the Poet Philosopher. Charles rated it it was amazing Nov 03, Cambridge University PressJun 28, – Philosophy – pages. 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.

Oct 26, Jocelyn foxonbooks rated it really liked it. To do otherwise would constitute a failure to be consistent. Roger Amafo rated it it was amazing Jun 28, Noah rated it really liked it Oct 13,