Contractualism and the Second-Person Moral Standpoint

Pauer-Studer, Herlinde (2014) Contractualism and the Second-Person Moral Standpoint. Grazer Philosophische Studien, 90. pp. 149-168.

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This article explores Darwall’s second-­‐personal account of morality, which draws on Fichte’s practical philosophy, particularly Fichte’s notions of a summons and principle of right. Darwall maintains that Fichte offers a philosophically more appealing account of relations of right than Kant. Likewise, he thinks that his second--personal interpretation of morality gives rise to contractualism. I reject Darwall’s criticism of Kant’s conception of right. Moreover, I try to show that Darwall’s second-­‐personal  conception of morality relies on a Kantian form of contractualism. Instead of accepting Darwall’s claim that contractualism depends upon a second-­‐personal account of morality, I will argue that contractualism provides the foundations not only for second-­‐personal moral relations, but also for first-­‐personal moral authority.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Philosophie > Philosophische Disziplinen > Allgemeine Ethik
Philosophie > Philosophische Institutionen > Institut für Philosophie, Wien
Depositing User: Sissi Kemp
Date Deposited: 29 Sep 2015 15:33
Last Modified: 29 Sep 2015 15:33

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