Sentimentalism: Its Scope and Limits

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 13 (2):125-136 (2010)
John Skorupski
University of St. Andrews
The subject of this paper is sentimentalism. In broad terms this is the view that value concepts, moral concepts, practical reasons—some or all of these—can be analysed in terms of feeling, sentiment or emotion. More specifically, the paper discusses the following theses: (i) there are reasons to feel (‘evaluative’ reasons) that are not reducible to practical or epistemic reasons (ii) value is analysable in terms of these reasons to feel. (iii) all practical reasons are in one way or another grounded in evaluative reasons. (i) and (ii) are accepted while (iii) is rejected.
Keywords Philosophy   Ontology   Political Philosophy   Ethics
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-009-9210-6
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