Creating the Kingdom of Ends – by Christine M. Korsgaard July Two kinds of skepticism about practical reason: Content skepticism: Korsgaard’s first claim: Motivation skepticism depends on content skepticism. Illustration. argue that practical reason is incapable of generating motivation on its own.! Christine Korsgaard calls this view. ‘motivational skepticism’, and in “Skepticism.
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This chapter takes up a crucial debate between Christine Korsgaard and Bernard Williams on the subject of practical reason. Korsgaard argues that if reason can itself identify substantive ends for our actions, independent of our existing desires, then there is no genuine or distinct motivational problem about how reasons can move rational agents to action.
In criticism of this, it is argued that when we sever the link between reasons and desires we encounter a problem about whether the internalism requirement holds for pure practical reasons.
If Kantian ethical theory is to find some way to explain motivation, as it concerns pure practical reason, it needs to say more about this problem. Certainly it cannot evade it on the reasoh of the internalist assumption that pure practical reasons must be capable of motivating rational persons.
Any assumption of this kind simply begs the question against the motivational skeptic.
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