Moral Sentimentalism


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Michael Slote
University of Miami
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In a way reminiscent of Hume's approach in the Treatise, a reviving moral sentimentalism can use the notion of empathy to ground both its normative account of moral obligation and its metaethical account of moral language. A virtuous person is empathically caring about others and expresses such feeling/motivation in her actions. But the judgment that something is right or good is also based in empathy, and the sentimentalist can espouse a form of moral realism by making use of a Kripkean reference-fixer theory of the role of feelings of approval and disapproval in moral judgment.
Keywords Philosophy   Ethics   Ontology   Political Philosophy
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Call number BJ1031.S585 2009
ISBN(s) 9780195391442   0195391446
DOI 10.1023/B:ETTA.0000019982.56628.c3
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