Dialogue 57 (3):571-590 (2018)

Étienne Brown
San Jose State University
Many neo-Aristotelians argue that practical identities are normative, that is, they provide us with reasons for action and create binding obligations. Kantian constructivists agree with this insight but argue that contemporary Aristotelians fail to fully justify it. Practical identities are normative, Kantian constructivists contend, but their normativity necessarily derives from the normativity of humanity. In this paper, I shed light on this underexplored similarity between neo-Aristotelian and Kantian constructivist accounts of the normativity of practical identities, and argue that both ultimately fail. I end by suggesting an alternative justification of the claim that practical identities are normative.
Keywords Kant  Constructivism  Aristotle  Neo-aristotelianism  Normativity  Practical reason  Moral obligation  Practical identity  Transcendental arguments
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DOI 10.1017/S0012217318000240
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