Metaethics after Moore

Metaethics after Moore

Metaethics after Moore

Metaethics after Moore

Synopsis

Metaethics, understood as a distinct branch of ethics, is often traced to G. E. Moore's 1903 classic, Principia Ethica. Whereas normative ethics is concerned to answer first-order moral questions about what is good and bad, right and wrong, metaethics is concerned to answer second-order non-moral questions about the semantics, metaphysics, and epistemology of moral thought and discourse. Moore has continued to exert a powerful influence, and the sixteen essays here (most of them specially written for the volume) represent the most up-to-date work in metaethics after, and in some cases directly inspired by, the work of Moore. Contributors include Robert Audi, Stephen Barker, Paul Bloomfield, Panayot Butchvarvov, Jonathan Dancy, Stephen Darwall, Jamie Dreier, Allan Gibbard, Brad Hooker, Terry Horgan, Connie Rosati, Russ Shafer-Landau, Walter Sinnott-Armstrong, Michael Smith, Philip Stratton-Lake, Sigrun Svavarsdottir, Mark Timmons, and Judith Jarvis Thompson.

Excerpt

Since its publication in 1903, G. E. Moore's Principia Ethica has continued to exert a powerful influence on metaethical enquiry. This volume contains sixteen essays that represent recent work in metaethics after, and in some cases directly inspired by, the work of Moore. Seven of the essays were originally presented at the 2002 Spindel Conference commemorating the one hundredth anniversary of the publication of Principia Ethica and in celebration of a hundred years of metaethics. They are reprinted here (some slightly revised) from the Southern Journal of Philosophy, 41 (2003). Our introduction situates the essays in relation to central themes in Moore's metaethics.

We are grateful to the Southern Journal of Philosophy for permission to reprint the papers that appeared in the 2003 supplement. We also wish to thank our editor at Oxford University Press, Peter Momtchiloff, for his guidance and support in our work on this anthology.

T.H. and M.T.

Tucson, Ariz.

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