Ethics 127 (2):353 - 382 (2017)

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Matthew Silverstein
New York University, Abu Dhabi
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How is practical reasoning related to ethical reasoning? The most common view is that they are identical: practical reasoning just is ethical reasoning. I criticize this view and then propose an alternative account of the relation between ethical thought and practical thought: ethical reasoning is reasoning about sound practical reasoning. I argue that this account of the relation between ethics and practical reasoning explains various phenomena that more familiar views leave unexplained. It also entails that the philosophy of action bears heavily on ethical inquiry.
Keywords judgment internalism  practical reasoning  action theory  guise of the good
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DOI 10.1086/688741
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