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1. Bird-Pollan, Stefan Eric. Subject, Normativity, World.

Degree: PhD, Philosophy, 2012, Vanderbilt University

The dissertation examines how Kantian constructivism seeks to retain a Kantian theory of ethics without the burden of Kant’s metaphysics. I examine Rawls’ decision to sidestep the problem of metaphysics altogether. I then look at Korsgaard’s attempt to provide a more solid founding for ethical deliberation using what she calls the constitutive standards of action. I find this approach successful but still too vague about the particular context of judgment. I contrast these two approaches with Hegel’s claim that normativity is essentially social; that is, that the origin of normativity is not the individual’s own mind but the historically developed set of social institutions into which he or she is born. In this, I do not see Hegel as an adversary of the Kantian tradition, but rather its strongest proponent. Advisors/Committee Members: John Lachs (committee member), David Wood (committee member), Jay M. Bernstein (committee member), Gregg Horowitz (Committee Chair).

Subjects/Keywords: Kant; Hegel; Rawls; Korsgaard

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Bird-Pollan, S. E. (2012). Subject, Normativity, World. (Doctoral Dissertation). Vanderbilt University. Retrieved from

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Bird-Pollan, Stefan Eric. “Subject, Normativity, World.” 2012. Doctoral Dissertation, Vanderbilt University. Accessed October 23, 2020.

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Bird-Pollan, Stefan Eric. “Subject, Normativity, World.” 2012. Web. 23 Oct 2020.


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