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Rescuing Nietzsche from constitutivism

Robertson, Simon 2017. Rescuing Nietzsche from constitutivism. Journal of Philosophical Research 42 , pp. 353-377. 10.5840/jpr201739100

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Constitutivist theories in ethics seek to derive and justify normative ethical claims via facts about constitutive features of agency. In Agency and the Foundations of Ethics: Nietzschean Constitutivism, Paul Katsafanas uses Nietzsche to elucidate a version of the position he believes avoids worries besetting its competitors. This paper argues that Nietzschean constitutivism falters in many of the same places: it may remain vulnerable to ‘schmagency’ objections; it faces problems giving an account of the weights of reasons that adequately explains why we have more reason to perform some actions than others; and it is unable to generate normativity from constitutive aims. These doubts have wider import than Nietzschean constitutivism alone, though: they give good reason to think that such difficulties arise from the very structure of constitutivist approaches.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Publisher: Philosophy Documentation Center
ISSN: 1053-8364
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 21 December 2016
Date of Acceptance: 22 November 2016
Last Modified: 12 Mar 2020 05:05

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