Must we care about morality?

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Abstract

Moral philosophy is at its best when it takes human psychology seriously. Such are the instincts of Thomas Wren. His engaging book Caring About Morality is an attempt to offer an account of human motivation that is true to human psychology, but which captures the spirit of Kantian morality without Kantian metaphysics. I argue that there are some fundamental psychological considerations which Wren does not take into account, and which are an obstacle to the success of his project. Moral motivation, I suggest, is much more tied to the psychological histories of persons than Wren allows.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)383-394
Number of pages12
JournalPhilosophical Psychology
Volume7
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy
  • Applied Psychology

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