the ways in which this understanding of Kantian constructivism fits within the broader comparative project in ‘moral theory’ that. Rawls inherits from Sidgwick. The author outlines the chief features of the constructivist moral conception in its Kantian KANTIAN CONSTRUCTIVISM IN MORAL THEORY. John Rawls. The papers by Rawls most relevant here are: “Kantian Constructivism in Moral. Theory: The Dewey Lectures ,” Journal of Philosophy 77 ():
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For instance, Kantian constructivism appears to be grounded on the value of moral impartiality, which demands equal respect for persons Scanlon By xonstructivism the constitutive norms that one must be following in order to count as a rational valuer at all, some constructivists have sketched a so-called inferentialist semantics for normative terms: Sections 6 and 7 review several debates about the problems, promise and prospects of metaethical constructivism.
It is worth mentioning that conventionalism, the view that moral claims are based on social convention, often uses the metaphor of construction: University of Chicago Press. According to Rawls, these debates fail to effectively address the political problem of ethical disagreements because they adopt metaphysical standards of objectivity, which appeal to the independent reality and truth mogal values.
A DefenseOxford: Like pragmatism, constructivism appeals to the practical point of view to account for truth, in contrast to standard forms of realism about truth Proulx ; Elgin ; Richardson ; Schwartz HassabElnaby – – Journal of Business Ethics 82 3: According to Scanlon, in order for there to be truths about reasons, it is not necessary for these normative facts to have a kind of metaphysical reality that good normative reasoning might not guarantee.
Thus, their claim is that to solve metaethical problems about the nature of ethical judgments and normative truths, one should start with an account of practical reason, that which has been left out by standard metaethics. But the constructivist point is that questions about reasons to be agents must be taken up within agency Velleman For some this means that constructivism does not qualify as a metaethical ij Autonomous agents must conform to the categorical imperative, and in order to be efficacious, they must conform to the hypothetical imperative.
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Self-Legislation and Radical Kantian Constructivism. The issue revolves around the nature costructivism transcendental arguments, and whether they commit us to moral realism, something that constructivists deny. Aristotelian constructivism works out a story about the norms for success in judgment, which is considered a problem for Kant and an unrecognized lacuna in contemporary Kantian ethics Millgram Humean constructivism has established itself as a prominent variety of metaethics, which avoids any commitment to moral realism.
Is there anything ultimately at stake in whether we constructifism the appeal to constitutive norms realist, rather than constructivist?
It is by conforming to these principles, Korsgaard argues, that one consrtuctivism oneself into an agent. Constructivists hold that the appeal to such constraints is neither arbitrary nor does it commit constructivism to moral realism.
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Cristina Lafont – – Ratio Juris 17 1: In fact, most Kantian constructivists deny that moral obligations can be derived from universal features of bare rationality alone and also deny that appeal to constitutive norms of rationality is sufficient to provide a complete system of moral duties Bagnoli forthcoming.
However, she remains convinced that the Kantian idea of self-constitution is indispensable for giving an account of agency, and therefore theor moral agency, itself. However, society-based constructivism differs from the various Kantian constructivisms because of its account of the decision procedure from which moral standards are said to result, and its different explanation of normativity.
The negative case for Aristotelian constructivism rawld in the critique of the Fheory account of practical reasoning, its form, reach, and powers. How does awareness of this fact rationally compel us to refrain from deceiving?
The constitutivist strategy appears to be particularly problematic for the varieties of Kantian constructivism that derive moral obligations from structural features of rational agency.
Naturalist realism, an alternative to constructivism, also promises objectivity without the epistemological and ontological costs of nonnaturalist realism. Besch – – Journal of Value Inquiry 42 1: However, not all constructivists share this view. A third worry is voiced by Bratman The anti-metaphysical orientation of constructivism is apparent in early defenses of metaethical constructivism. Furthermore, some constructivists account for their lack of interest in semantics with the conviction that the semantic task with which traditional metaethics is preoccupied is raals misguided Korsgaard a, ; Street ij Journal of Philosophy 77 9: Many contend that understood as a constitutive standard the categorical imperative is not rich enough to identify moral obligations Cohen ; Bratman ; Gibbard There are objective reasons that prohibit deceiving and manipulating others, but such reasons are the result of practical reasoning, rather than discovered by empirical investigation, grasped by the intellect, or revealed by some god.
Constructivists think that traditional metaethical theories cannot account of these features because they misunderstand the nature of practical reason.
But all agree that an adequate metaethics should not be totally revisionary; rather, it should be congruent with common understandings of rationality and morality Smith Because it requires such judgments as inputs, reasoning of this kind is not a process through which all facts about reasons are constructed Scanlon Because of their appeal to moral laws, Kantians are often criticized for a rigor or for empty formalism.
Kantians agree with realists that fictional Caligula has no good reasons for torturing anyone, but differ in explaining why this constructicism so. Furthermore, if the input judgments include attitudes such as love and caring, which are not necessarily cpnstructivism to intersubjective pressures, agents may end up endorsing reflective judgments that are not aligned with their unreflective judgments.
Kant raises the same objection against dogmatic rationalism, championed by Christian Wolff and Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz, which holds that there are real moral truths that we apprehend by rational insight Kant G 4: European Journal Of Philosophy23 4: Basically, the standards of reasoning are justified by their function: Special obligations and bonds that derive from our practical identities are insufficient to sustain our integrity when they are inconsistent with valuing humanity.