European Journal of Philosophy: Vol. 15, No. 3, November 2007

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Date: Dec. 2007
From: The Review of Metaphysics(Vol. 61, Issue 2)
Publisher: Philosophy Education Society, Inc.
Document Type: Article
Length: 456 words
Lexile Measure: 1440L

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'Sorge or Selbstbewusstsein? Heidegger and Korsgaard on the Sources of Normativity.' STEVEN CROWELL

Heidegger and Korsgaard can both be considered 'existential Kantians,' but where Korsgaard holds that our ontological distinctiveness lies in self-consciousness, Heidegger substitutes an ontology of "care" (Sorge). Does this distinction make any philosophical difference? The present essay addresses this question. Specifically, it argues that Korsgaard's reliance on the concept of self-consciousness to explain the origin and nature of the normative leads to three problems: (1) an equivocation in her attempt to trace the origin of reasons to the structure of reflection; (2) an aporia in her conception of humanity arising from this equivocation; and (3) a rationalistic distortion, necessitated by the...

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