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Embracing Ethical Life

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Abstract

Bringing the insights of the previous chapters together, this chapter seeks to answer the book’s main question. I develop an interpretation of aesthetic and ethical life, and I show that we should understand the transition between both as qualitative. After criticizing Michelle Kosch’ and Anthony Rudd’s influential arguments for the rationality of the transition to ethical life for presupposing an externalist view on practical reasons, I develop my own argument. Contra MacIntyre’s charge of irrationality, I argue that there is reason for some but not for all aesthetes to embrace ethical life. I also reflect on the sort of communication that might be able to communicate to aesthetes that they have reason to embrace ethical life, showing that imagination is crucial here.

Keywords

Kierkegaard Reasons for action Internalism Ethical life Desire 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Radboud University NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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