Scorzo, Greg (2011) The meta-ethics of normative ethics. PhD thesis, University of Nottingham.
This thesis is an attempt to answer the following question:
Do our moral commitments commit us to constraints on what meta-ethical theories we find attractive?
In order to answer this question, I first demonstrate that meta-ethical theories can be criticised on moral grounds. I then argue that correctness conditions for moral claims imply the thesis of explanatory moral realism. I do not claim that this is an argument for the truth of explanatory moral realism. Rather, I claim that this is an argument that moral realism is a moral commitment. I then look at two objections to the claim that moral claims can have built in commitments to a meta-ethical theory that takes a stand on the issue of moral realism. The first of these is a set of arguments that Simon Blackburn gives for quasi-realism. The second objection is a set of arguments given by Ronald Dworkin that attack the presuppositions of debates about realism in meta-ethics.
|Item Type:||Thesis (PhD)|
|Faculties/Schools:||UK Campuses > Faculty of Arts > School of Humanities|
|Deposited By:||MA Greg Scorzo|
|Deposited On:||17 Oct 2012 14:41|
|Last Modified:||17 Oct 2012 14:41|
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