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The Normative WebAn Argument for Moral Realism$
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Terence Cuneo

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199218837

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199218837.001.0001

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Moral Realism of a Paradigmatic Sort

Moral Realism of a Paradigmatic Sort

(p.20) 1 Moral Realism of a Paradigmatic Sort
The Normative Web

Terence Cuneo (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter specifies the character of moral realism of a paradigmatic sort, which is the position for which the book argues. It argues that realism of this sort is comprised of three theses: first, a claim regarding the character of moral discourse; second, a claim regarding the nature of moral truth; and, third, a claim about the nature of moral facts. According to the type of realism in question, moral facts ‘irreducibly exist’. That is the heart of the realist position.

Keywords:   moral discourse, commonsensical conception, explanatory constraint, alethic thesis, ontic thesis, speech act thesis

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