Supervenience and Causation

Russ Shafer-Landau

in Moral Realism

Published in print June 2003 | ISBN: 9780199259755
Published online January 2005 | e-ISBN: 9780191601835 | DOI:
Supervenience and Causation

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Addresses two outstanding worries about ethical non‐naturalism. The first, developed primarily by Simon Blackburn, is that this form of moral realism cannot provide an adequate account of the supervenience of the moral upon the non‐moral. The second, prompted by Gilbert Harman, is that moral facts lack any independent causal power, and so we have excellent reason to regard them as unreal.

Keywords: Simon Blackburn; causal power; causation; Gilbert Harman; supervenience

Chapter.  16504 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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