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The Normative Web: An Argument for Moral Realism

Terence Cuneo


Antirealist views about morality claim that moral facts do not exist. An interesting question to raise about these views is whether they imply that other types of normative facts, such as epistemic facts, do not exist. This book develops the argument that they do. That is, it contends that moral and epistemic facts are sufficiently similar that, if moral facts do not exist, then epistemic facts also do not exist. But epistemic facts (facts that concern reasons for belief), it is argued, do exist. So, moral facts also exist. And if moral facts exist, then moral realism is true. This argument pr ... More

Keywords: epistemic antirealism, epistemic facts, error theory, expressivism, moral facts, reductionism, alethic theisis, ontic theisis, speech act thesis, commonsensical copnception, explanatory constraint

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199218837
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218837.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Terence Cuneo, author
Calvin College, Michigan
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