Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 20 (2):361-374 (2017)

Daniel Whiting
University of Southampton
Jonathan Way
University of Southampton
Perspectivists hold that what you ought to do is determined by your perspective, that is, your epistemic position. Objectivists hold that what you ought to do is determined by the facts irrespective of your perspective. This paper explores an influential argument for perspectivism which appeals to the thought that the normative is action guiding. The crucial premise of the argument is that you ought to φ only if you are able to φ for the reasons which determine that you ought to φ. We show that this premise can be understood in different ways. On one reading, it provides no support for perspectivism. On another reading, the premise lacks support. So, the argument fails. An important upshot of the paper is that the objectivist can embrace the thought about guidance.
Keywords normative reasons  motivating reasons  perspectivism  objectivism  guidance  ought
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-016-9775-9
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