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Published in: Contemporary Philosophy Vol. XXIII, No. 5&6, September/October & November/December 2001


This question has developed, post Hobbes, in two directions. In one understanding, morality is reasonable, either because it coincides with self-interest or because it contributes to self-interest. An alternative approach rejects the primacy of reason and looks instead to human intuition, human affections or the will for an account of being moral.

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