In the Thick of Moral Motivation

Review of Philosophy and Psychology 8 (2):433-453 (2017)
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Abstract

We accomplish three things in this paper. First, we provide evidence that the motivational internalism/externalism debate in moral psychology could be a false dichotomy born of ambiguity. Second, we provide further evidence for a crucial distinction between two different categories of belief in folk psychology: thick belief and thin belief. Third, we demonstrate how careful attention to deep features of folk psychology can help diagnose and defuse seemingly intractable philosophical disagreement in metaethics.

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John Turri
University of Waterloo
Wesley Buckwalter
George Mason University

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