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Taking Morality SeriouslyA Defense of Robust Realism$
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David Enoch

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199579969

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199579969.001.0001

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(p.134) 6 Metaphysics
Taking Morality Seriously

David Enoch

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This chapter is a discussion of some distinct but related metaphysical worries about Robust Realism. The first is the most general worry associated with Mackie's argument from queerness. But this argument — unless it can be seen as standing for some other worries discussed elsewhere in the book — can rather easily be dismissed. The two other objections start from the supervenience of the normative on the non-normative. One challenge about supervenience states that given such supervenience, and the identity of necessarily co-extensive properties, naturalism follows. Robust Realism avoids this objection by rejecting the identity of necessarily co-extensive properties, a rejection that is motivated by the discussion of indispensability and parsimony in Chapter 3. The second supervenience challenge requires an explanation for supervenience-without-reduction. A partial explanation of this kind — one that is consistent with Robust Realism — is provided, and the remaining bruteness and violation of Hume's Dictum is shown to be quite acceptable.

Keywords:   Mackie, supervenience, Frank Jackson, Simon Blackburn, parsimony, reduction

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