Skepticism about practical reason

Journal of Philosophy 83 (1):5-25 (1986)
  Copy   BIBTEX


Content skepticism about practical reason is doubt about the bearing of rational considerations on the activities of deliberation and choice. Motivational skepticism is doubt about the scope of reason as a motive. Some people think that motivational considerations alone provide grounds for skepticism about the project of founding ethics on practical reason. I will argue, against this view, that motivational skepticism must always be based on content skepticism. I will not address the question of whether or not content skepticism is justified. I want only to establish the fact that motivational skepticism has no independent force.



    Upload a copy of this work     Papers currently archived: 92,991

External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server

Through your library

Similar books and articles

Skepticism about Practical Reason.Christine M. Korsgaard - 1986 - Journal of Philosophy 83 (1):5-25.
Epicureanism and Skepticism about Practical Reason.Christopher Frugé - 2020 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy 50 (2):195-208.
Practical reason and motivational scepticism.Paul Russell - 2006 - In Heiner F. Klemme, Manfred Kühn & Dieter Schönecker (eds.), Moralische Motivation. Kant und die Alternativen. Felix Meiner Verlag.
How reason can be practical: A reply to Hume.Philip Clark - 2007 - Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 94 (1):213-230.
Naturalism, Normativity and Practical Reason.Xiangdong Xu - 2002 - Dissertation, Columbia University
Taking Free Will Skepticism Seriously.Benjamin Vilhauer - 2012 - Philosophical Quarterly 62 (249):833-852.
Moral Skepticism and Practical Reason.Kenneth Bartels O'day - 1995 - Dissertation, The University of Arizona
Kant's Theory of Moral Motivation.Vivek K. Radhakrishnan - 2022 - Dissertation, Manipal Academy of Higher Education
Practical Reason and the Status of Moral Obligation.Robert Audi - 2007 - Canadian Journal of Philosophy, Supplementary Volume 33 (sup1):197-229.


Added to PP

1,044 (#13,231)

6 months
60 (#82,736)

Historical graph of downloads
How can I increase my downloads?

Author's Profile

Citations of this work

The Normativity of Rationality.Benjamin Kiesewetter - 2017 - Oxford: Oxford University Press.
Reasons as Premises of Good Reasoning.Jonathan Way - 2017 - Pacific Philosophical Quarterly 98 (2).

View all 260 citations / Add more citations

References found in this work

No references found.

Add more references