In the Thick of Moral Motivation
University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy
University of Waterloo
August 27, 2014
We accomplish three things in this paper. First, we provide evidence that the motivational internalism/externalism debate in moral psychology could be a false dichotomy born of ambiguity. Second, we provide further evidence for a crucial distinction between two different categories of belief in folk psychology: thick belief and thin belief. Third, we demonstrate how careful attention to deep features of folk psychology can help diagnose and defuse seemingly intractable philosophical disagreement in metaethics.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 42
Keywords: metaethics, motivation, folk psychology, belief, experimental philosophy
Date posted: January 23, 2014 ; Last revised: March 4, 2016