Analytical Descriptivism

Frank Jackson

in From Metaphysics to Ethics

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780198250616
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780191597787 | DOI:
 Analytical Descriptivism

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This chapter gives more detail on how to identify ethical properties with descriptive ones using the roles the former play in folk morality. The construction uses the Lewis–Carnap–Ramsey way of defining theoretical terms and implies that ethical terms are analyzable in descriptive terms. This approach is contrasted with Cornell Realism, and there is discussion of the open‐question argument and how belief about ethical properties connects with motivation on the version of analytical descriptivism being defended.

Keywords: Carnap; Cornell realism; descriptivism; folk theory; Lewis; Moore; moral motivation; open‐question argument; Ramsey

Chapter.  9643 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy

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