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The Perfectionist Turn: From Metanorms to Metaethics

Douglas Den Uyl and Douglas Rasmussen


Contemporary political philosophy—especially the works of Martha Nussbaum, John Rawls, and Amartya Sen—has assumed it can in various ways separate itself from more comprehensive philosophical positions and frameworks, and much of contemporary ethics—especially the works of Gerald Gaus and Stephen Darwall—has assumed that ethics can be based on a legislative or juridical model. Den Uyl and Rasmussen challenge both these trends. They do so by amplifying an account of human flourishing, which they call “individualistic perfectionism,” that they presented in their earlier work, Norms of Liberty. T ... More

Keywords: Agent-relative, Aristotelianism, constructivism, individualistic perfectionism, human flourishing, liberalism, naturalistic fallacy, rights, practical wisdom, teleology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781474413343
Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: May 2018 DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474413343.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Douglas Den Uyl, author
Liberty Fund, Inc

Douglas Rasmussen, author
St. John's University