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Psicologia morale e perfezionismo in Brentano

digital Psicologia morale e perfezionismo in Brentano
fascicolo RIVISTA DI FILOSOFIA NEO-SCOLASTICA - 2019 - 4. Franz Brentano The Origin and Originality of his Thought and School
titolo Psicologia morale e perfezionismo in Brentano
Moral Psychology and Perfectionism in Brentano
editore Vita e Pensiero
formato Articolo | Pdf
online da 02-2020
doi 10.26350/001050_000145
issn 00356247 (stampa) | 18277926 (digitale)
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Franz Brentano is best known for having introduced the concept of intentionality in order to define mental reality. Brentanian scholars have mostly focused on the epistemological and metaphysical aspects of intentionality. However, ethics also plays a central role in Brentano’s philosophical description of our mental life as moral agents. Brentano claims a form of moral intuitionism based on the primitive notion of correct emotion. Commentators explain his theory in terms of the ontology of intrinsic value as an intentional correlate of a right feeling, or in term of buck-passing meta-ethical theory. I offer a different account: Brentano draws a moral psychology in order to justify a form of emotive-based ethical perfectionism. We can therefore fix the content of our moral concepts analysing the structure of our mental phenomena such as love and hate. I argue that Brentano’s ethical theory is at heart moral psychology, and suggest a compatibilist stance between his intuitionism and empiricism.


Franz Brentano, Moral Perfectionism, Intuitionism, Theory of Emotions, Value Theory

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