Motivational internalism

Philosophical Studies 139 (2):233 - 255 (2008)
Cases involving amoralists who no longer care about the institution of morality, together with cases of depression, listlessness, and exhaustion, have posed trouble in recent years for standard formulations of motivational internalism. In response, though, internalists have been willing to adopt narrower versions of the thesis which restrict it just to the motivational lives of those agents who are said to be in some way normal, practically rational, or virtuous. My goal in this paper is to offer a new set of counterexamples to motivational internalism, examples which are effective both against traditional formulations of the thesis as well as against many of these more recent restricted proposals.
Keywords Motivational internalism  Volitional impossibility  Frankfurt  Smith  Dreier  McDowell  Agency  Identification
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DOI 10.2307/27734258
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