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From Metaphysics to EthicsA Defence of Conceptual Analysis$
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Frank Jackson

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780198250616

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0198250614.001.0001

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Analytical Descriptivism

Analytical Descriptivism

(p.139) Chapter 6 Analytical Descriptivism
From Metaphysics to Ethics

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This chapter gives more detail on how to identify ethical properties with descriptive ones using the roles the former play in folk morality. The construction uses the Lewis–Carnap–Ramsey way of defining theoretical terms and implies that ethical terms are analyzable in descriptive terms. This approach is contrasted with Cornell Realism, and there is discussion of the open‐question argument and how belief about ethical properties connects with motivation on the version of analytical descriptivism being defended.

Keywords:   Carnap, Cornell realism, descriptivism, folk theory, Lewis, Moore, moral motivation, open‐question argument, Ramsey

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