Altruism [Book Review]

Review of Metaphysics 48 (4):921-923 (1995)
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In "The Reasons We Can Share: An Attack on the Distinction Between Agent-Relative and Agent-Neutral Values," Christine M. Korsgaard proposes that moral theory has inappropriately focused on how moral action is to effect consequences rather than how such action is an intersubjective matter of interpersonal relations. She develops this point rather indirectly by examining, quite carefully, Thomas Nagel's view that certain sorts of reasons, such as those relating to personal projects, are agent-relative rather than agent-neutral. Korsgaard argues that in so far as personal projects can involve reasons that can be shared, such reasons should be understood in terms of intersubjectivity rather than agent-relativity or neutrality.

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