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Like-Minded: Externalism and Moral Psychology

Andrew Sneddon


What are the psychological foundations of morality? Historically, the issue has been framed as one of emotion versus reason. David Hume argued that reason is the slave of the passions and so morality must be based on them; Immanuel Kant argued that moral law is given by rational agents to themselves in virtue of their rationality. The debate has continued in these terms to the present day. This book argues that “reason” and “passion” do not satisfactorily capture all the important options for explaining the psychological foundations of morality. It proposes a third possibility: that the cognit ... More

Keywords: morality, David Hume, emotion, reason, Immanuel Kant, moral law, rationality, externalism, Extended Mind Hypothesis, cognitive processes

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262016117
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262016117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Sneddon, author