Journal of Philosophy 88 (6):281-303 (1991)

Samuel Freeman
University of Pennsylvania
A discussion of T M Scanlon's contractualism as a foundational account of the nature of morality. The article discusses how contractualism provides an account of moral truth and objectivity that is based in an idealization of moral reasoning. It then develops contractualism's account of moral motivation to show how it provides a way to understand obscure but central aspects of Kantian views: the claims that moral reasons are of a special kind, and that moral motives have a basis in practical reason. This account is contrasted with human conceptions of moral motivation, which are argued to be incapable of accounting for the stringency of moral reasons and obligations
Keywords Analytic Philosophy  Contemporary Philosophy
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DOI 10.2307/2026686
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