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Morality and Mathematics

Justin Clarke-Doane


This book explores arguments for and against moral realism and mathematical realism, how they interact, and what they can tell us about areas of philosophical interest more generally. It argues that our mathematical beliefs have no better claim to being self-evident or provable than our moral beliefs. Nor do our mathematical beliefs have better claim to being empirically justified. It is also incorrect that reflection on the “genealogy” of our moral beliefs establishes a lack of parity between the cases. In general, if one is a moral anti-realist on the basis of epistemological considerations ... More

Keywords: morality, mathematics, realism, anti-realism, objectivity, practical, self-evidence, proof, genealogy, Benacerraf, logic, Indispensability Argument, Open Question Argument

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780198823667
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198823667.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Justin Clarke-Doane, author
Associate Professor of Philosophy, Columbia University