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The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory$
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David Copp

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780195147797

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2006

DOI: 10.1093/0195147790.001.0001

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Moral Realism

Moral Realism

(p.39) Chapter 1 MORAL REALISM
The Oxford Handbook of Ethical Theory

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (Contributor Webpage)

, David Copp
Oxford University Press

This chapter explores the attractions, problems, and prospects of moral realism. Special attention is given to Moore’s Open Question Argument, internalism, noncognitivism, and error theories. The final section sketches a research program for moral realism that takes on and pursues Hume’s aim of explaining the ability to think in moral, and more broadly, normative, terms in a way that shows that the successful exercise of this ability is neither metaphysically nor epistemically mysterious.

Keywords:   moral realism, anti-realism, Open Question Argument, internalism, cognitivism, noncognitivism, error theory, projectivism, David Hume, G.E. Moore

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