Internalism: Cui bono?

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This chapter addresses the question of which meta-normative theories are best supported by the strongest form of motivational internalism that is pre-theoretically plausible. The first part of the chapter is devoted to arguing that a specific form of internalism satisfies these criteria (of strength and plausibility). The remainder of the chapter focuses primarily on how the availability of so-called “hybrid theories” in metanormative theory makes answering the question, “which theories benefit most from the truth of internalism?” more subtle and interesting. The chapter’s conclusion is that both
expressivism (hybrid and otherwise) and certain forms of hybrid cognitivism draw more dialectical dividends from the truth of the form of internalism under discussion than their rivals.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMotivational Internalism
EditorsGunnar Bjornsson, Caj Strandberg, Ragnar Francen Olinder, John Eriksson, Fredrik Bjorklund
Place of PublicationNew York
PublisherOxford University Press
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)9780199367955
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2015


  • nternalism
  • expressivism
  • cognitivism
  • hybrid theories


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