Rationalism, Kantian Constructivism, and the Nature of Morality


Charles A. Ryskamp Research Fellowships




The nature and status of moral truths within the natural world is a source of perennial philosophical concern. This project develops an account of the nature of morality, drawing upon the work of historical figures such as Hume and Kant. In doing so, it argues that morality is best understood as grounded in a substantive and non-trivial conception of reason with a broadly Kantian shape. Such a conception of morality holds out the promise of explaining the place of morality in the natural world, by helping us to understand the manner in which the truth about morality has an essential connection with our faculties of moral thought, without thereby condemning us to radical moral relativism.