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By William H. Smith

Why should still I be moral? Philosophers have lengthy been enthusiastic about the legitimacy of morality’s declare on us—especially its ostensible target to encourage convinced activities of all individuals unconditionally. This challenge of ethical normativity has acquired broad remedy in analytic ethical conception, yet little awareness has been paid to the capability contribution that phenomenology may possibly make to this relevant debate in metaethics.



In The Phenomenology of ethical Normativity, William H. Smith takes up the query of morality’s legitimacy anew, drawing modern ethical philosophers into dialog with the phenomenological philosophy of Husserl, Heidegger, and Levinas. using a two-part account of ethical normativity, Smith contends that the floor of morality itself is second-personal—rooted within the moral call for intrinsic to different people —while the floor for specific moral-obligations is first-personal—rooted within the subject’s avowal or endorsement of yes ethical norms inside a concrete ancient state of affairs.


Thus, Smith argues, phenomenological research permits us to make feel of an concept that has lengthy held intuitive allure, yet that smooth ethical philosophy has been not able to render satisfactorily: particularly, that the normative resource of legitimate ethical claims is just different folks and what we owe to them.

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