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Type of Document Dissertation
Author Bird-Pollan, Stefan Eric
Author's Email Address stefanbirdpollan@gmail.com
URN etd-03312008-090055
Title Subject, Normativity, World
Degree PhD
Department Philosophy
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Gregg Horowitz Committee Chair
David Wood Committee Member
Jay M. Bernstein Committee Member
John Lachs Committee Member
  • Kant; Hegel; Rawls; Korsgaard
Date of Defense 2007-10-26
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The dissertation examines how Kantian constructivism seeks to retain a Kantian theory of ethics without the burden of Kant’s metaphysics. I examine Rawls’ decision to sidestep the problem of metaphysics altogether. I then look at Korsgaard’s attempt to provide a more solid founding for ethical deliberation using what she calls the constitutive standards of action. I find this approach successful but still too vague about the particular context of judgment. I contrast these two approaches with Hegel’s claim that normativity is essentially social; that is, that the origin of normativity is not the individual’s own mind but the historically developed set of social institutions into which he or she is born. In this, I do not see Hegel as an adversary of the Kantian tradition, but rather its strongest proponent.
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