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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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Moral Error Theory, and Then What?

Moral Error Theory, and Then What?

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(p.178) 9 Moral Error Theory, and Then What?
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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/9780198701934.003.0009

The final chapter considers the upshots of moral error theory for ordinary moral thought and discourse. Moral abolitionism, i.e. the view that in the wake of the realization that morality involves systematic error it should be abolished, is considered and rejected. Richard Joyce’s recent case for moral fictionalism is considered and rejected. An alternative view, moral conservationism, which recommends continued engagement in ordinary moral thought and discourse, is proposed and defended. Finally, the implications of moral error theory for normative ethics are discussed.

Keywords:   abolitionism, conservationism, fictionalism, Joyce, Mackie, normative ethics

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