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Publication details for Dr Maria Dimova-CooksonDimova-Cookson, Maria (2005). 'Internalism and Externalism in Ethics Applied to the Liberal-Communitarian Debate'. British Journal of Politics and International Relations 7(1): 18-28.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 1369-1481, 1467-856X
- DOI: 10.1111/j.1467-856X.2005.00164.x
- Keywords: Moral action, T. H. Green, Gerald Gaus, John Skorupski.
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This article addresses the question of whether we can explain moral action in terms of an attraction to a moral ideal. It defends T. H. Green's internalist ethics against John Skorupski's externalist claim that moral ideals are optional whereas moral duties are not. A parallel is drawn between the Internalism and Externalism debate in ethics and the liberal-communitarian debate in political theory. My defence of Internalism offers new arguments in support of communitarian approaches to the nature of moral action. Green's internalist ethics provides the communitarian discourse with the universalist moral dimension it traditionally lacks.
Dimova-Cookson, M. (2000) ‘T. H. Green and justifying human rights’, Collingwood and British Idealism
Studies, VII, 98–115.
Gaus, G. F. (2005) ‘Green’s rights recognition thesis and moral internalism’, British Journal of Politics and
International Relations, 7:1, 5–17.
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Principles of Political Obligation and Other Writings (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
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(eds), The New Liberalism: Reconciling Liberty and Community (Cambridge: Cambridge University
Ross, W. D. (1930) The Right and the Good (Oxford: Clarendon Press).
Simhony, A. (2001) ‘T. H. Green’s complex common good: between liberalism and communitarianism’,
in A. Simhony and D. Weinstein (eds), The New Liberalism: Reconciling Liberty and Community
(Cambridge: Cambridge University Press).
Skorupski, J. (forthcoming) ‘Green and the Idealist conception of a person’s good’, in M. Dimova-
Cookson and W. Mander (eds), T. H. Green: Ethics, Metaphysics and Political Philosophy (Oxford: Oxford
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