In the Thick of Moral Motivation

Wesley Buckwalter, John Turri

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We accomplish three things in this paper. First, we provide evidence that the motivational internalism/externalism debate in moral psychology could be a false dichotomy born of ambiguity. Second, we provide further evidence for a crucial distinction between two different categories of belief in folk psychology: thick belief and thin belief. Third, we demonstrate how careful attention to deep features of folk psychology can help diagnose and defuse seemingly intractable philosophical disagreement in metaethics.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)433–453
JournalReview of Philosophy and Psychology
Issue number2
Early online date21 Mar 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2017


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