Metaethics

Paperback | October 2, 2012

bySimon Kirchin

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When we say that sharing is morally good and that murdering is wicked, what are we doing? Are we picking out existing moral values? Can our judgements be correct and incorrect? How do moral values fit into the natural world? Do moral values even exist? How do our moral judgements relate to how we are motivated to act?

Metaethics is an argumentative textbook that considers these and other metaethical questions in a lively and clear manner. As well as discussing all of the main metaethical positions, a new idea – metaethical pluralism – is introduced.

Chapters cover central topics in the subject, including:


• Moral realism: initial thoughts

• Moral realism: naturalism and reductionism

• Moral error theory

• Noncognitivism

• Sensibility theory

• Moral motivation


Metaethics is aimed at upper-level undergraduates and postgraduates, but should appeal to anyone with an interest in the area.

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When we say that sharing is morally good and that murdering is wicked, what are we doing? Are we picking out existing moral values? Can our judgements be correct and incorrect? How do moral values fit into the natural world? Do moral values even exist? How do our moral judgements relate to how we are motivated to act? Metaethics is an ...

SIMON KIRCHIN is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent, UK. He writes mainly on metaethics. As well as authoring a number of articles, he is the editor of Arguing about Metaethics (with Andrew Fisher), and A World without Values (with Richard Joyce).

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:206 pages, 8.92 × 5.62 × 0.46 inPublished:October 2, 2012Publisher:Palgrave MacmillanLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0230219470

ISBN - 13:9780230219472

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Table of Contents

What is Metaethics?
Moral Realism: Mind-Independence
Moral Realism: Naturalism and Reductionism
Moral Error Theory
Noncognitivism
Sensibility Theory
Moral Motivation
Further Thoughts

Bibliography

Index