Moral Motivation

[Revised entry by Connie S. Rosati on July 7, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] In our everyday lives, we confront a host of moral issues. Once we have deliberated and formed
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[Revised entry by Connie S. Rosati on July 7, 2016. Changes to: Main text, Bibliography, notes.html] In our everyday lives, we confront a host of moral issues. Once we have deliberated and formed judgments about what is right or wrong, good or bad, these judgments tend to have a marked hold on us. Although in the end, we do not always behave as we think we ought, our moral judgments typically motivate us, at least to some degree, to act in accordance with them. When philosophers talk about moral motivation, this is the basic phenomenon that they seek to understand. Moral motivation is an instance of a...

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