Good Reasons and Natural Ends: Rosalind Hursthouse's Hermeneutical Naturalism

In Martin Hähnel (ed.), Aristotelian Naturalism: A Research Companion. Springer. pp. 195-207 (2020)
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My aims are exegetical rather than critical: I offer a systematic account of Hursthouse's ethical naturalism with an emphasis on the normative authority of the four ends, and try to correct some misconceptions found in the literature. Specifically, I argue that the four ends function akin to Wittgensteinian hinge-propositions for our practice of ethical reasoning and as such form part of a description of the logical grammar of said practice.



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Sascha Settegast
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