Unformatted text preview: Smith is that admitting such states brings us no explanatory advantage, and so we shouldn’t admit them; an application of Ockham’s razor. Smith’s later work In a subsequent book (The Moral Problem) Smith tried to reconcile the Humean theory of motivation with moral internalism (i.e. the thesis that moral beliefs are essentially motivating). Very briefly, his line is that to make a moral judgment that an action is good is to judge that one would desire to perform that action if one were fully rational; and then to argue that rational agents will desire what they judge they will desire if rational. So beliefs and desires are still quite distinct, though rational agents will come to desire what they judge good....
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- Fall '09
- Psychology, Core issues in ethics, moral judgments