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David Copp

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195147790.001.0001

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Moral Realism

Moral Realism

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(p.39) Chapter 1 MORAL REALISM
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The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory
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Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (Contributor Webpage)

, David Copp
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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195147790.003.0002

This chapter explores the attractions, problems, and prospects of moral realism. Special attention is given to Moore’s Open Question Argument, internalism, noncognitivism, and error theories. The final section sketches a research program for moral realism that takes on and pursues Hume’s aim of explaining the ability to think in moral, and more broadly, normative, terms in a way that shows that the successful exercise of this ability is neither metaphysically nor epistemically mysterious.

Keywords:   moral realism, anti-realism, Open Question Argument, internalism, cognitivism, noncognitivism, error theory, projectivism, David Hume, G.E. Moore

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