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Sidgwick's Metaethics

David Phillips

in Sidgwickian Ethics

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780199778911
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199919093 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199778911.003.0002
Sidgwick's Metaethics

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I argue that non-naturalism is the core of Sidgwick's metaethical position; that it represents a fundamental commitment of his, in that he draws from it epistemological implications central to his own distinctive ethical views; that his case for it is better than Moore's more famous case, in Principia 1, and reflects a proper estimation of the way to argue for non-naturalism; that there is an interesting route from Sidgwick to error theory, of which Mackie was aware; and that these claims together mean Sidgwick's work deserves much more attention and recognition in metaethics than it has hitherto received.

Keywords: metaethics; Moore; Mackie; error theory; Shaver

Chapter.  19346 words. 

Subjects: History of Western Philosophy

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