INTUITIVE NON-NATURALISM MEETS COSMIC COINCIDENCE
Having no recourse to ways of knowing about the natural world, ethical non-naturalists are in need of an epistemology that might apply to a normative breed of facts or properties, and intuitionism seems well suited to fill that bill. Here I argue that the metaphysical inspiration for ethical intuitionism undermines that very epistemology, for this pair of views generates what I call the defeater from cosmic coincidence. Unfortunately, we face not a happy union, but a difficult choice: either ethical intuitionism or ethical non-naturalism, but not both.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: Department of PhilosophyUniversity of British Columbia
Publication date: June 1, 2009