The Amoralist and the Anaesthetic

Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 99 (4):632-663 (2018)

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Alex King
State University of New York, Buffalo
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This article puts pressure on moral motivational internalism and rejects normative motivational internalism by arguing that we should be aesthetic motivational externalists. Parallels between aesthetic and moral normativity give us new reason to doubt moral internalism. I address possible disanalogies, arguing that either they fail, or they succeed, but aren’t strong enough to underwrite a motivational difference between the domains. Furthermore, aesthetic externalism entails normative externalism, providing further presumptive evidence against moral internalism. I also make the case that, regardless of these particular conclusions, examining different normative domains alongside each other is a fruitful way to move debates forward.
Keywords motivational internalism  judgment internalism  normative motivational internalism  aesthetics  metaethics  amoralist
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DOI 10.1111/papq.12225
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