Moral Skepticism

Paperback | November 2, 2007

byWalter Sinnott-armstrong

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Sinnott-Armstrong here provides an extensive survey of the difficult subject of moral beliefs. He covers theories that grapple with questions of morality such as naturalism, normativism, intuitionism, and coherentism. He then defends his own theory that he calls "moderate moral skepticism,"which is that moral beliefs can be justified, but not extremely justified.

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Sinnott-Armstrong here provides an extensive survey of the difficult subject of moral beliefs. He covers theories that grapple with questions of morality such as naturalism, normativism, intuitionism, and coherentism. He then defends his own theory that he calls "moderate moral skepticism,"which is that moral beliefs can be justified, ...

Walter Sinnott-Armstrong is Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 6.1 × 9.09 × 0.79 inPublished:November 2, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0195342062

ISBN - 13:9780195342062

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Part I: Issues1. What Is Moral Epistemology?2. Are Moral Beliefs Truth-Apt?3. Are Any Moral Beliefs True?4. Are Any Moral Beliefs Justified?5. In Contrast with What?6. Classy Moral PyrrhonismPart II: Theories7. Naturalism8. Normativism9. Intuitionism10. Coherentism

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"Walter Sinnott-Armstrong has long been a leading proponent of moral skepticism -- the view roughly that there is some considerable difficulty involved in attaining justified moral belief, or moral knowledge. This volume brings together his latest thoughts on the matter and provides, inaddition, a survey of different sorts of skeptical problems confronting realists and cognitivists about morality... well written and covers an impressive expanse of territory. It is to be welcomed, further, as the only major book-length treatment of the topics of moral epistemology and moralskepticism to appear in some time." --Brad Majors, ETHICS