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Rationalist Pragmatism

by Mitchell Silver

Part of the Philosophy of Language: Connections and Perspectives Series

Rationalist Pragmatism Synopsis

In Rationalist Pragmatism: A Framework for Moral Objectivism, Mitchell Silver draws from a wide array of philosophical fields to formulate a comprehensive theory of ethics. He argues that an understanding of justification rooted in pragmatism leads to practical principles that apply to all those we would recognize as persons. The account bears implications for the nature of selfhood, the freedom of the will, the meaning of moral terms, the power of moral principles to motivate, conceptions of truth, the nature of value, and the use and abuse of abstract moral theorizing. Rationalist Pragmatism develops its pragmatically informed morality in light of prominent ethical schools, as well as relevant topics in the philosophy of language, metaphysics, and epistemology, including the correspondence theory of truth, inferentialist semantics, motivational internalism, the source of value, and experimental philosophy. Finally, Silver explores concrete moral and political implications of his theory, demonstrating that metaethics can affect positions regarding the morality of personal relations; the treatment of animals; and political assessments of democracy, socialism, and nationalism. Silver maintains that our interest in truth-our rational nature as practical and theoretical beings-forms us as a community of mutually recognizing truth seekers.

Rationalist Pragmatism Press Reviews

Mitchell Silver's new book argues that any account of moral objectivity must incorporate a pragmatic conception of moral justification. The argument is original, interesting, and perhaps even true. Best of all, Silver argues for his position with wit and verve. It was a pleasure to read this book. --Steven Levine, University of Massachusetts

Book Information

ISBN: 9781793605399
Publication date: 1st September 2020
Author: Mitchell Silver
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 222 pages
Categories: Western philosophy, from c 1900 -, Semantics & pragmatics, Human rights, Cognition & cognitive psychology,

About Mitchell Silver

Mitchell Silver teaches at the I Can Academy of the Suffolk County Jail after retiring from the department of philosophy of the University of Massachusetts in Boston.

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