In the Thick of Moral Motivation

Wesley Buckwalter

University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy

John Turri

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.

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Keywords: metaethics, motivation, folk psychology, belief, experimental philosophy

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Date posted: January 23, 2014 ; Last revised: March 4, 2016

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Buckwalter, Wesley and Turri, John, In the Thick of Moral Motivation (August 27, 2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2382383 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2382383

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Wesley Buckwalter (Contact Author)
University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy ( email )
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
John Turri
University of Waterloo ( email )
200 University Ave W
Waterloo, Ontario N2L3G1
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