Question authority: in defense of moral naturalism without clout
Author: Tresan, Jon
Source: Philosophical Studies, Volume 150, Number 2, September 2010 , pp. 221-238(18)
Abstract:Metaethicists of all stripes should read and learn from Richard Joyce’s book The Evolution of Morality. This includes moral realists, despite Joyce’s own nihilism. Joyce thinks that moral obligations, prohibitions, and the like are myths. But that is just a bit of a rich, broad account of moral attitudes and practices, the bulk of which can comfortably be accepted by realists. In fact, other than nihilism itself, there’s only one claim of Joyce’s which realists must reject. I argue that that claim ought to be rejected, and reply to Joyce’s argument to the contrary. The result is that—aside from nihilism and one rejectable claim—realists are free to take from Joyce whatever they like.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA, Email: email@example.com
Publication date: September 1, 2010