Moral Realism

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord

Edited by David Copp

in The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

Published in print December 2005 | ISBN: 9780195147797
Published online February 2006 | e-ISBN: 9780199785841 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks

Moral Realism

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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

Chapter.  11493 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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