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The Location Problem for Ethics: Moral Properties and Moral Content

Frank Jackson

in From Metaphysics to Ethics

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250616
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597787 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0198250614.003.0005
 The Location Problem for Ethics: Moral Properties and Moral Content

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This chapter gives an account of what cognitivism in ethics is and argues that the a priori global nature of the supervenience of the ethical on the descriptive requires cognitivists in ethics to identify ethical properties with descriptive ones. It argues that we can locate ethical properties with descriptive ones in terms of the role ethical properties play in folk morality, a view of ethics I call, with Philip Pettit, ‘moral functionalism’.

Keywords: cognitivism; ethics; folk theory; location problem; moral functionalism; moral properties; Philip Pettit; supervenience

Chapter.  10460 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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