Motivational Internalism and Normativity

Motivational internalism is a view about the connection between motivation and
moral judgment. The debate over internalism has long focused on establishing the
nature of the connection between moral judgment and motivation. In this paper
I argue that recent studies regarding personality disorders such as psychopathy and
VM damage, which have been traditionally seen as providing a counter argument
to internalism, indicate that motivational deficiencies in the moral sphere are linked
to motivational deficiencies in other normative spheres such as prudence. This
observation suggests that internalism focus of internalism should not be moral
judgments simpliciter but rather the nature of the connection between motivation
and the general normative sphere. If this is correct then psychopathy and VM damage
should not be treated as disproving internalism, but rather as emphasizing a problem
with the traditional ways it has been phrased.

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