chapter  1
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Moderate Psychological Realism

The fi eld of empirical ethics is gathering steam. It is now, if not widely accepted at least not controversial, to claim that moral theorizing ought to be constrained by some form of psychological realism. But what happens if we see moral philosophy not only as constrained by a psychological conception of human nature but constructed by it? What happens when the philosopher begins with consultation of the psychologist? Will we end up with a theory that, as Hume (2000) hoped, will be “more correct in its precepts, and more persuasive in its exhortions” (p. 395)?