NORMATIVE AUTHORITY A Constructivist Account. CARLA BAGNOLI University of Modena. 0. The argument in outline. A Cluster of Problems surrounding Normative Authority What is the authority of moral norms? D o they bind universally? R ationally? Instrumentally? How so?
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The authority of (moral/cognitive) normsrests on theirrational authority
Basic Rationalist Claim: The only genuine form of authority is rational authority
Problem: how to assess moral standing/rational agency?
The Kantian model of rational agency is designed to address precisely this question of moral standing
The standard Kantian argument:
Moral norms aim to be efficacious.
They are also norms of rational agency.