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Simon Robertson
Cardiff University
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    Rescuing Nietzsche From Constitutivism.Simon Robertson - 2017 - Journal of Philosophical Research 42:353-377.
    Constitutivist theories in ethics seek to derive and justify normative ethical claims via facts about constitutive features of agency. In Agency and the Foundations of Ethics: Nietzschean Constitutivism, Paul Katsafanas uses Nietzsche to elucidate a version of the position he believes avoids worries besetting its competitors. This paper argues that Nietzschean constitutivism falters in many of the same places: it may remain vulnerable to ‘schmagency’ objections; it faces problems giving an account of the weights of reasons that adequately explains why (...)
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    Epistemic Constraints on Practical Normativity.Simon Robertson - 2011 - Synthese 181 (S1):81-106.
    What is the relation between what we ought to do, on the one hand, and our epistemic access to the ought-giving facts, on the other? In assessing this,it is common to distinguish ‘objective’ from ‘subjective’ oughts. Very roughly, on the objectivist conception what an agent ought to do is determined by ought-giving facts in such a way that does not depend on the agent’s beliefs about, or epistemic access to, those facts; whereas on the subjectivist conception, what an agent ought (...)
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    Not So Enticing Reasons.Simon Robertson - 2008 - Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 11 (3):263-277.
    A common view of the relation between oughts and reasons is that you ought to do something if and only if that is what you have most reason to do. One challenge to this comes from what Jonathan Dancy calls ‘enticing reasons.’ Dancy argues that enticing reasons never contribute to oughts and that it is false that if the only reasons in play are enticing reasons then you ought to do what you have most reason to do. After explaining how (...)
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    Spheres of Reason: New Essays in the Philosophy of Normativity.Simon Robertson (ed.) - 2009 - Oxford University Press.
    Spheres of Reason comprises nine new articles on normativity. They make a timely and distinctive contribution to our understanding of how normative thought may or may not be unified across the spheres of actions, belief and feeling. It is essential reading for anyone interested in the nature of normativity and the bearing it has on human thought.
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    Influence on Analytic Philosophy.Simon Robertson & David Owen - 2013 - In Ken Gemes & John Richardson (eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Nietzsche. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 185–206.
    This article examines Nietzsche’s influence on analytic philosophy, focusing on the field of analytic ethics. It presents some key rationales motivating his re-evaluation of values and, in particular, his critique of modern morality. To demonstrate his influence on the work of Charles Taylor, Alasdair Macintyre, and Bernard Williams, the role of Nietzsche’s genealogical method in his re-evaluative project is considered. This is followed by a discussion of Nietzsche’s critique of the value of moral values and its relation to similar objections (...)
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    Nietzsche and Value: Flourishing and Excellence.Simon Robertson - 2016 - Cadernos Nietzsche 37 (1).
    Central to Nietzsche’s perfectionism are two ideals: flourishing and excellence. This article offers an original account of what they each involve, including how they differ and connect, plus an axiological picture that makes sense of that. It also suggests that the underlying model of value which emerges––in effect, a model of a good life––is interesting and attractive in its own right, and that it may therefore have wider philosophical appeal.
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    Introduction: Normativity, Reasons, Rationality.Simon Robertson - 2009 - In Spheres of Reason. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 1-28.
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    Reasons and Practical Possibility.Simon Robertson - forthcoming - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy:1-32.
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    Rescuing Nietzsche From Constitutivism.Simon Robertson - 2017 - Journal of Philosophical Research 42:353-377.
    Constitutivist theories in ethics seek to derive and justify normative ethical claims via facts about constitutive features of agency. In Agency and the Foundations of Ethics: Nietzschean Constitutivism, Paul Katsafanas uses Nietzsche to elucidate a version of the position he believes avoids worries besetting its competitors. This paper argues that Nietzschean constitutivism falters in many of the same places: it may remain vulnerable to ‘schmagency’ objections; it faces problems giving an account of the weights of reasons that adequately explains why (...)
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    Normativity for Nietzschean Free Spirits.Simon Robertson - 2011 - Inquiry : An Interdisciplinary Journal of Philosophy 54 (6):591 - 613.
    Abstract A significant portion of recent literature on Nietzsche is devoted to his metaethical views, both critical and positive. This article explores one aspect of his positive metaethics. The specific thesis defended is that Nietzsche is, or is plausibly cast as, a reasons internalist. This, very roughly, is the view that what an agent has normative reason to do depends on that agent's motivational repertoire. Section I sketches some of the metaethical terrain most relevant to Nietzsche's organising ethical project, his (...)
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    Normativity and Moral Psychology: Nietzsche’s Critique of Kantian Universality.Simon Robertson - 2017 - In T. Bailey & J. Constancio (eds.), Nietzsche and Kantian Ethics. Bllomsbury.
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    Nietzsche, Naturalism & Normativity.Simon Robertson & Christopher Janaway (eds.) - 2012 - Oxford University Press.
    This volume comprises ten original essays on Nietzsche, one of the western canon's most controversial ethical thinkers. An international team of experts clarify Nietzsche's own views, both critical and positive, ethical and meta-ethical, and connect his philosophical concerns to contemporary debates in and about ethics, normativity, and value.
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    Nietzsche's Ethical Revaluation.Simon Robertson - 2009 - Journal of Nietzsche Studies 37 (1):66-90.
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    How to Be an Error Theorist About Morality.Simon Robertson - 2008 - Polish Journal of Philosophy 2 (2):107-125.
    This paper clarifies how to be an error theorist about morality. It takes as its starting point John Mackie’s error theory of the categoricity of moral obligation, defending Mackie against objections from both naturalist moral realists and minimalists about moral discourse. However, drawing upon minimalist insights, it argues that Mackie’s focus on the ontological status of moral values is misplaced, and that the underlying dispute between error theorist and moralist is better conducted at the level of practical reason.
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    Reasons and Motivation—Not a Wrong Distinction.Simon Robertson - 2006 - Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society (Paperback) 106 (3):391-397.
    This paper responds to Susan Hurley’s attempt to undermine the adequacy of the distinction at the heart of the internalism–externalism debate about reasons for action. The paper shows that Hurley’s argument fails and then, more positively, indicates a neat way to characterize the distinction.
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    A Nietzschean Critique of Obligation-Centred Moral Theory.Simon Robertson - 2011 - International Journal of Philosophical Studies 19 (4):563 - 591.
    The focal objection of Nietzsche's critique of morality is that morality is disvaluable because antagonistic to the highest forms of human excellence. Recent advances in Nietzsche commentary have done much to unpack this objection - an objection which, at first blush, shares certain affinities with worries developed by a number of more recent morality critics. Some, though, have sought to disassociate Nietzsche from these more recent critics, claiming that his critique is directed mainly against moralized culture and that it cannot (...)
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    The Scope Problem - Nietzsche, the Moral, Ethical and Quasi-Aesthetic.Simon Robertson - 2012 - In Janaway & Robertson (ed.), Nietzsche, Naturalism & Normativity.
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    Rejecting Moral Obligation.Simon Robertson - 2005 - Dissertation, St. Andrews
    The thesis argues that, were there any moral obligations, they would be categorical; but there are no categorical requirements on action; therefore, there are no moral obligations. The underlying claim is that, because of this, morality itself rests on a mistaken view of normativity. The view of categoricity I provide rests on there being 'external reasons' for action. Having explained the connections between oughts and reasons for action in the first part of the thesis, I then develop and defend a (...)
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    Adventure, Climbing Excellence and the Practice of 'Bolting'.Philip Ebert & Simon Robertson - 2007 - In M. J. McNamee (ed.), Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports. London ;Routledge. pp. 56.
    forthcoming in M. McNamee (ed) Philosophy, Risk and Adventure Sports, Routledge The final draft of a co-authored article with Simon Robertson (Leeds). In this paper we examine a recent version of an old controversy within climbing ethics. Our organising topic is the ‘bolting’….
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  20. Reasons, Values and Morality.Simon Robertson - 2010 - In John Skorupski (ed.), The Routledge Companion to Ethics. Routledge.
     
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  21. 1. General Constraints on a Cognitivist Account of Intentions.Jens Timmerman, John Skorupski & Simon Robertson - 2009 - In Russ Shafer-Landau (ed.), Oxford Studies in Metaethics: Volume Four. Oxford University Press. pp. 4--243.
     
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    Normativity for Nietzschean Free Spirits.Simon Robertson - unknown
    A significant portion of recent literature on Nietzsche is devoted to his metaethical views, both critical and positive. This article explores one aspect of his positive metaethics. The specific thesis defended is that Nietzsche is, or is plausibly cast as, a reasons internalist. This, very roughly, is the view that what an agent has normative reason to do depends on that agent's motivational repertoire. Section I sketches some of the metaethical terrain most relevant to Nietzsche's organising ethical project, his “revaluation (...)
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    Anti-Theory: Anscombe, Foot and Williams.Simon Robertson - 2016 - In S. Golob & J. Timmermann (eds.), The Cambridge History of Moral Philosophy. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
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    A Plea for Risk.Philip A. Ebert & Simon Robertson - 2013 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 73:45-64.
    Mountaineering is a dangerous activity. For many mountaineers, part of its very attraction is the risk, the thrill of danger. Yet mountaineers are often regarded as reckless or even irresponsible for risking their lives. In this paper, we offer a defence of risk-taking in mountaineering. Our discussion is organised around the fact that mountaineers and non-mountaineers often disagree about how risky mountaineering really is. We hope to cast some light on the nature of this disagreement – and to argue that (...)
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    A Plea for Risk: Philip A. Ebert & Simon Robertson.Philip A. Ebert & Simon Robertson - 2013 - Royal Institute of Philosophy Supplement 73:45-64.
    Mountaineering is a dangerous activity. For many mountaineers, part of its very attraction is the risk, the thrill of danger. Yet mountaineers are often regarded as reckless or even irresponsible for risking their lives. In this paper, we offer a defence of risk-taking in mountaineering. Our discussion is organised around the fact that mountaineers and non-mountaineers often disagree about how risky mountaineering really is. We hope to cast some light on the nature of this disagreement – and to argue that (...)
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    Mountaineering and the Value of Self-Sufficiency.Philip A. Ebert & Simon Robertson - 2010 - In Stephen E. Schmid (ed.), Climbing - Philosophy for Everyone: Because It's There. Wiley-Blackwell.
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    Nietzsche E o Valor: Florescimento E Excelência.Simon Robertson - 2016 - Cadernos Nietzsche 37 (1):145-184.
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    How Problematic for Morality is Internalism About Reasons?Simon Robertson - 2004 - Selected Papers Contributed to 5th International Congress of the Society for Analytical Philosophy.
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    Introduction: Nietzsche on Naturalism and Normativity.Simon Robertson & Christopher Janaway - 2012 - In .
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    Reasons and Motivation: Not a Wrong Distinction.Simon Robertson - unknown
    This paper responds to Susan Hurley's attempt to undermine the adequacy of the distinction at the heart of the internalism-externalism debate about reasons for action. The paper shows that Hurley's argument fails and then, more positively, indicates a neat way to characterize the distinction.
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