Aboodi 2015

Ron Aboodi, “The Wrong Time to Aim at What’s Right: When is De Dicto Moral Motivation Less Virtuous?Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 115:3 (2015), pp. 307-314.


I argue that there are (only) two contingent factors that can render an instantiation of de dicto moral motivation — which is typically characterised by the agent’s conceiving of her goal in moral terms such as doing what’s right — less virtuous than some alternative motivation that would lead to the same (right) action: (1) The circumstances are such that it would be more virtuous to be moved directly by certain non-deliberative dispositions (such as an emotional attachment to one’s spouse), and (2) The circumstances are such that de dicto moral motivation has practical disadvantages (such as generating unnecessary moral reflections that waste precious time).

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Dec 12, 2015, 9:35 AM