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Moral Error TheoryHistory, Critique, Defence$
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Jonas Olson

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198701934

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701934.001.0001

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How to Understand Mackie’s Argument from Queerness (I)

How to Understand Mackie’s Argument from Queerness (I)

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(p.79) 5 How to Understand Mackie’s Argument from Queerness (I)
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Moral Error Theory
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Jonas Olson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198701934.003.0005

This chapter considers the argument from queerness and identifies non-naturalist moral realism as its target. A distinction is made between the argument from queerness and the queerness arguments. The first step of the argument from queerness is to identify ways in which moral properties and facts are queer; the second step is to offer debunking explanations of moral belief. Four queerness arguments are identified, concerning supervenience, knowledge, motivation, and irreducible normativity. This chapter examines the first three. The first two arguments generalize beyond the moral and the normative to more general issues in metaphysics and epistemology, or reduce to more basic worries about the queerness of non-natural properties. The third argument rests on problematic assumptions about moral facts. It is concluded that the first three queerness arguments are unconvincing.

Keywords:   knowledge, Mackie, motivation, non-naturalism, queerness, supervenience

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