SUBJECTIVITY, JUDGMENT, AND THE BASING RELATIONSHIP
Article first published online: 26 MAY 2009
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Pacific Philosophical Quarterly
Volume 90, Issue 1, pages 21–40, March 2009
How to Cite
DAVIS, J. K. (2009), SUBJECTIVITY, JUDGMENT, AND THE BASING RELATIONSHIP. Pacific Philosophical Quarterly, 90: 21–40. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0114.2009.01327.x
- Issue published online: 26 MAY 2009
- Article first published online: 26 MAY 2009
Moral and legal judgments sometimes depend on personal traits in this sense: the subject offers good reasons for her judgment, but if she had a different social or ideological background, her judgment would be different. If you would judge the constitutionality of restrictions on abortion differently if you were not a secular liberal, is your judgment really based on the arguments you find convincing, or do you find them so only because you are a secular liberal? I argue that a judgment can be based on the considerations the subject claims as justification even when it depends on personal traits.