Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism

Paperback | August 28, 2013

byDavid Enoch

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In Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism David Enoch develops, argues for, and defends a strongly realist and objectivist view of ethics and normativity more broadly. This view - according to which there are perfectly objective, universal, moral and other normative truths thatare not in any way reducible to other, natural truths - is familiar, but this book is the first in-detail development of the positive motivations for the view into reasonably precise arguments. And when the book turns defensive - defending Robust Realism against traditional objections - it mobilizesthe original positive arguments for the view to help with fending off the objections.The main underlying motivation for Robust Realism developed in the book is that no other metaethical view can vindicate our taking morality seriously. The positive arguments developed here - the argument from the deliberative indispensability of normative truths, and the argument from the moralimplications of metaethical objectivity (or its absence) - are thus arguments for Robust Realism that are sensitive to the underlying, pre-theoretical motivations for the view.

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In Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism David Enoch develops, argues for, and defends a strongly realist and objectivist view of ethics and normativity more broadly. This view - according to which there are perfectly objective, universal, moral and other normative truths thatare not in any way reducible to other, natu...

David Enoch teaches law and philosophy at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Since graduating from the NYU Philosophy Department in 2003, Enoch has published papers in metaethics (in such journals as The Philosophical Review, Ethics, Oxford Studies in Metaethics, and Philosophical Studies); in epistemology (in Nous, Philosophy and Ph...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:308 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:August 28, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199683174

ISBN - 13:9780199683178

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Table of Contents

1. The View, The Motivation, The Book2. The Argument from the Moral Implications of Objectivity (or Lack Thereof)3. The Argument from the Deliberative Indispensability of Irreducibly Normative Truths4. And Now, Robust Metaethical Realism5. Doing with Less6. Metaphysics7. Epistemology8. Disagreement9. Motivation10. Tallying Plausibility PointsBibliographyIndex

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"... presents creative and ambitious arguments for realism, and uncommonly perspicacious responses to the best arguments against it. It instilled in at least this reader a sense of excitement about what metaethics might look like going forward ... The inviting style of Taking MoralitySeriously should help to win it a large audience that it has earned through its substance." Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews