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Moral Skepticisms$
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780195187724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195187725.001.0001

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Naturalism

Naturalism

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(p.135) 7 Naturalism
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Moral Skepticisms
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Walter Sinnott-Armstrong (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/0195187725.003.0007

This chapter surveys traditional responses to the skeptical regress problem for justified moral belief. It looks at naturalism, which attempts to derive “ought” from “is” or, more precisely, to formulate a deductively valid argument from non-normative premises to a moral conclusion. An example from Nelson is discussed, and it is shown that this argument, though logically valid, cannot be used to solve the skeptical regress problem.

Keywords:   naturalism, the is/ought problem, necessary moral truths, validity, formal validity, Hume, Thomson, Nelson

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