On Being a Fan and on Fanhood and Its Implications for Defeating the Moral Sceptic

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I employ the notion of fanhood to object to David Gauthier's Dependency Thesis, according to which, if a disposition is rationally required to adopt, so too are the acts expressing it. I first establish that fanhood is a commitment relevantly similar to a moral commitment. I then argue that, because genuine fanhood characteristically issues in inherently irrational behaviours in the form of 'luck charms,' or, superstitious practices fans believe will help their team win, it poses a decisive objection to the Dependency Thesis, thereby eliminating a promising attempt to defeat the moral sceptic.

Original languageEnglish
JournalDialogue-Canadian Philosophical Review
StateAccepted/In press - 2021

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Publisher Copyright:
© The Author(s), 2021. Published by Cambridge University Press on behalf of the Canadian Philosophical Association/Publié par Cambridge University Press au nom de l'Association canadienne de philosophie.


  • Dependency Thesis
  • Gauthier
  • commitment
  • fanhood
  • luck charms
  • moral sceptic

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Philosophy


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