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Derek Parfit

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198778608

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: December 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198778608.001.0001

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Another Triple Theory

Another Triple Theory

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(p.205) 47 Another Triple Theory
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On What Matters
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Derek Parfit

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198778608.003.0012

This chapter provides some further insights into normative thinking and reconciles a few meta-ethical disagreements. It builds on an earlier assumption that all non-naturalists make ontological claims of a kind which is ‘mysterious and incredible’. But these objections do not apply to the kind of non-realist cognitivism that has been discussed so far. Hence, the non-realist cognitivist view that there are some non-natural, non-ontological normative truths. The chapter details further dissenting views drawn from these arguments, in the process exploring other meta-ethical arguments concerning the use of the word ‘true’, non-realist cognitivism, normative concepts, normativity, oblique expressivism, and so on.

Keywords:   normative truths, oblique expressivism, normative thinking, non-realist cognitivism, meta-ethical disagreements

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