Against the Linguistic Analogy

  title={Against the Linguistic Analogy},
  author={N. Martin and Eddy A. Nahmias and Daniel Weiskopf and Andrea Scarantino and Dan Weiskopf and Toby Amoss and Michael Craig Johnson and Kathryn A. Joyce},
Recently it has been proposed that humans possess an innate, domain-specific moral faculty, and that this faculty might be fruitfully understood by drawing a close analogy with nativist theories in linguistics. This Linguistic Analogy (LA) hypothesizes that humans share a universal moral grammar. In this paper I argue that this conception is deeply flawed. After profiling a recent and appealing account of universal moral grammar, I suggest that recent empirical findings reveal a significant… CONTINUE READING
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