Cookies Policy
X

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.

I accept this policy

Find out more here

What Kind of Perspectivism?

No metrics data to plot.
The attempt to load metrics for this article has failed.
The attempt to plot a graph for these metrics has failed.
The full text of this article is not currently available.

Brill’s MyBook program is exclusively available on BrillOnline Books and Journals. Students and scholars affiliated with an institution that has purchased a Brill E-Book on the BrillOnline platform automatically have access to the MyBook option for the title(s) acquired by the Library. Brill MyBook is a print-on-demand paperback copy which is sold at a favorably uniform low price.

Access this article

+ Tax (if applicable)
Add to Favorites
You must be logged in to use this functionality

image of Journal of Moral Philosophy

According to perspectivism about moral obligation, our obligations are affected by our epistemic circumstances. But how exactly should this claim be understood? On Zimmerman’s “Prospective View,” perspectivism is spelled out as the thesis that an option is obligatory if and only if it maximizes what Zimmerman calls “prospective value,” which is in turn determined by the agent’s present evidence. In this article, I raise two objections to this approach. Firstly, I argue that spelling out the difference between perspectivism and anti-perspectivism in terms of value creates a number of problems that can be avoided by an account that proceeds in terms of reasons. Secondly, I argue that Zimmerman focuses on the wrong body of evidence, and that this commits him to an implausible solution to the problem that perspectivists face with regard to advice from better-informed sources.

Affiliations: 1: Research Associate, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Germany, benjamin[dot]kiesewetter[at]hu-berlin[dot]de

10.1163/17455243-20170007
/content/journals/10.1163/17455243-20170007
dcterms_title,pub_keyword,dcterms_description,pub_author
10
5
Loading
Loading

Full text loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/17455243-20170007
Loading

Data & Media loading...

1. Björnsson Gunnar,, and Finlay Stephen. 2010. ‘"Metaethical Contextualism Defended",’ Ethics Vol 121 (1): 736.
2. Brown Campbell. 2011. ‘"Consequentialize This",’ Ethics Vol 121 (4): 749771.
3. Bykvist Krister. 2011. ‘"How to Do Wrong Knowingly and Get Away with It",’ in Neither/Nor. Philosophical Papers Dedicated to Erik Carlson on the Occasion of His Fiftieth Birthday , 3147. Uppsala Philosophical Studies 58. Uppsala: Department of Philosophy, Uppsala University.
4. Dancy Jonathan. 2000. Practical Reality . Oxford: Oxford University Press (rev. ed. 2002).
5. Gibbard Allan. 1990. Wise Choices, Apt Feelings. A Theory of Normative Judgment . Oxford: Clarendon Paperbacks (repr. 2002).
6. Goldman Holly S. 1976. ‘"Dated Rightness and Moral Imperfection",’ The Philosophical Review Vol 85 (4): 44987.
7. Graham Peter A. 2010. ‘"In Defense of Objectivism about Moral Obligation",’ Ethics Vol 121 (1): 88115.
8. Jackson Frank. 1991. ‘"Decision-Theoretic Consequentialism and the Nearest and Dearest Objection",’ Ethics Vol 101 (3): 46182.
9. Kant Immanuel,. 1788. Critique of Practical Reason . Edited by Gregor Mary J.. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (1997, rev. ed. 2015).
10. Kiesewetter Benjamin. 2011. ‘“Ought” and the Perspective of the Agent,’ Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy Vol 5 (3): 124.
11. Kiesewetter Benjamin. 2012. ‘A Dilemma for Parfit’s Conception of Normativity,’ Analysis 72 (3): 466–74.
12. Kiesewetter Benjamin. 2015. "‘Instrumental Normativity: In Defense of the Transmission Principle,’" Ethics Vol 125 (4): 92146.
13. Kiesewetter Benjamin. 2016. "‘You Ought to ϕ Only If You May Believe That You Ought to ϕ,’" The Philosophical Quarterly Vol 66 (265): 76082.
14. Kiesewetter Benjamin. 2017. The Normativity of Rationality. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
15. Kiesewetter Benjamin,. 2018. ‘How Reasons Are Sensitive to Available Evidence,’ in Normativity: Epistemic and Practical, edited by McHugh Conor, Way Jonathan,, and Whiting Daniel, 90114. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
16. Kiesewetter Benjamin. ‘Contrary-to-Duty Scenarios, Deontic Dilemmas, and Transmission Principles,’ forthcoming in Ethics 129 (October 2018).
17. Kolodny Niko,, and MacFarlane John. 2010. ‘"Ifs and Oughts",’ The Journal of Philosophy Vol 107 (3): 11543.
18. Kolodny Niko,, and MacFarlane John. ‘"Ought: Between Objective and Subjective",’ Unpublished manuscript, University of California, Berkeley, September 2009.
19. Lord Errol. 2015. ‘"Acting for the Right Reasons, Abilities, and Obligation",’ Oxford Studies in Metaethics Vol 10: 2652.
20. McHugh Conor,, and Way Jonathan. 2017. ‘"Objectivism and Perspectivism about the Epistemic Ought",’ Ergo Vol 4 (5): 12145.
21. Moore G.E. 1912. Ethics . Oxford: Oxford University Press (repr. 1969).
22. Parfit Derek. 2011. On What Matters . Vol. Vol 1. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
23. Portmore Douglas W. 2007. ‘"Consequentializing Moral Theories",’ Pacific Philosophical Quarterly Vol 88 (1): 3973.
24. Prichard H.A. 1932. ‘"Duty and Ignorance of Fact",’ reprinted in Moral Writings , 84101. Oxford: Clarendon Press (2002).
25. Ross W. David. 1939. Foundations of Ethics . Oxford: Clarendon Press (repr. 1968).
26. Scanlon T.M. 1998. What We Owe to Each Other . Cambridge, ma: Belknap Press.
27. Scanlon T.M. 2008. Moral Dimensions. Permissibility, Meaning, Blame . Cambridge, ma: Belknap Press.
28. Schroeder Mark. 2009. ‘"Means-End Coherence, Stringency, and Subjective Reasons",’ Philosophical Studies Vol 143 (2): 22348.
29. Streumer Bart. 2007. ‘"Reasons and Impossibility",’ Philosophical Studies Vol 136: 35184.
30. Streumer Bart. 2010. ‘"Reasons, Impossibility and Efficient Steps: Reply to Heuer",’ Philosophical Studies Vol 151: 7986.
31. Thomson Judith Jarvis. 1990. The Realm of Rights . Cambridge, ma: Harvard University Press.
32. Thomson Judith Jarvis. 2008. Normativity . Chicago and La Salle: Open Court.
33. Vranas Peter B.M. 2007. ‘"I Ought, Therefore I Can",’ Philosophical Studies Vol 136 (2): 167216.
34. Williamson Timothy. 2000. Knowledge and Its Limits . Oxford: Oxford University Press.
35. Zimmerman Michael J. 2008. Living with Uncertainty. The Moral Significance of Ignorance . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
36. Zimmerman Michael J. 2014. Ignorance and Moral Obligation . Oxford: Oxford University Press.
http://brill.metastore.ingenta.com/content/journals/10.1163/17455243-20170007
Loading

Article metrics loading...

/content/journals/10.1163/17455243-20170007
2018-08-11
2018-11-17

Sign-in

Can't access your account?
  • Tools

  • Add to Favorites
  • Printable version
  • Email this page
  • Subscribe to ToC alert
  • Get permissions
  • Recommend to your library

    You must fill out fields marked with: *

    Librarian details
    Your details
    Why are you recommending this title?
    Select reason:
     
    Journal of Moral Philosophy — Recommend this title to your library
  • Export citations
  • Key

  • Full access
  • Open Access
  • Partial/No accessInformation