Circularity, Naturalism, and Desire-based ReasonsRes Philosophica (2017)
In this paper I propose a critique of the naturalist version of the Desire-Based Reasons Model. I first set the scene by spelling out the connection between naturalism and the Model. After this, I introduce Christine Korsgaard’s circularity argument against what she calls the instrumental principle. Since Korsgaard’s target, officially, were non-naturalist advocates of the principle, I show why and how the circularity charge can be extended to cover the naturalist Model. Once this is done, I go on to investigate in some detail the different ways of responding to the circularity challenge. I argue that none of these responses succeed, at least not without serious costs to their advocates. I then end the paper with a brief summary and some concluding remarks.
- Christine Korsgaard,
- ethical naturalism,
- normative question
Publication DateSpring 2017
Citation InformationAttila Tanyi. "Circularity, Naturalism, and Desire-based Reasons" Res Philosophica Vol. 94 Iss. 4 (2017)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/attila_tanyi/30/