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Moral Reality

Paul Bloomfield


The book is a work in metaethics, constituting a defense of moral realism. The book begins with what I call a “modest transcendental argument” for the existence of the property of moral goodness based on an acknowledgment of the possibility that personal moral failing may go forever undetected; as such this is an argument from error. The property of physical health, understood in terms of proper function, is used as a model for moral goodness. This anchors the moral ontology on foundations as solid as those found in the physical sciences. A moral epistemology is developed in which we may learn ... More

Keywords: argument from error, Paul Bloomfield, entropy, ethics, externalism, healthiness, metaethics, moral epistemology, moral goodness, moral realism, moral semantics, ontology, philosophy, proper function, reduction

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Print publication date: 2001 Print ISBN-13: 9780195137132
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003 DOI:10.1093/0195137132.001.0001


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Paul Bloomfield, author
University of Connecticut
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