Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Ratio Vol. 26, No. 4, December 2013

Academic journal article The Review of Metaphysics

Ratio Vol. 26, No. 4, December 2013

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Irrealism and the Genealogy of Morals, RICHARD JOYCE

Facts about the evolutionary origins of morality may have some kind of undermining effect on morality, yet the arguments that advocate this view are varied not only in their strategies but in their conclusions. The most promising such argument is modest: it attempts to shift the burden of proof in the service of an epistemological conclusion. This paper principally focuses on two other debunking arguments. First, it outlines the prospects of trying to establish an error theory on genealogical grounds. Second, it discusses how a debunking strategy can work even under the assumption that noncognitivism is true.

A Distinction Without a Difference? Good Advice for Moral Error Theorists, HALLVARD LILLEHAMMER

This paper explores the prospects of different forms of moral error theory. It argues that only a suitably local error theory would make good sense of the fact that it is possible to give and receive genuinely good moral advice.

Ethics Without Errors, JAMES LENMAN

The author argues against the claim that we should adopt a moral error theory. The intelligibility of our moral practice need offer no questionable metaphysical hostages to fortune. The two most credible policy recommendations that might follow from moral error theory, abolitionism and prescriptive fictionalism, are not very credible.

Faultless Moral Disagreement, ALISON HILLS

Faultless disagreements are disagreements between two people, neither of whom has made a mistake or is at fault. …

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