Defusing Counterexamples against Motivational Internalism

Filosofija. Sociologija 27 (1):23-30 (2016)
Seungbae Park
Ulsan National Institute Of Science And Technology
Externalists argue that motivation is external to moral judgments on the grounds that people can be unmoved by their moral judgments. I reply that people sometimes act indifferently to their moral considerations not because their moral judgments lack motivation but because their moral judgments are obstructed by rival desires. It appears that the moral motivation wanes while the moral judgments linger. In reality, however, the moral motivation is only made inconspicuous by the motivation of the opposing desires. A moral judgment is subject to obstruction just like an emotive judgment and a gustatory judgment.
Keywords Moral Judgment  Motivational Internalism  Motivational Externalism  Obstruction
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