author={Moral Objectivity and Nicholas Rescher},
  journal={Social Philosophy and Policy},
  pages={393 - 409}
The aim of this essay is to set out an argument for moral objectivity. A brief sketch of the considerations at issue should help make it possible to keep sight of the forest amid the profusion of trees. 

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Against Moral Truths

I criticize the following three arguments for moral objectivism. 1. Since we assess moral statements, we can arrive at some moral truths (Thomson, 2006). 2. One culture can be closer to truths than

Moral Subjectivism vs Moral Objectivism

Moral subjectivism is not self-defeating, contrary to what moral objectivists claim. Ockham’s Razor favours moral subjectivism over moral objectivism. It is circular for moral objectivists to say

On the Moral Significance of Conscience

Moral reasons are considerations that count in favor of or against actions in light of a moral standard. They can be functionally defined as authoritative guides to morally right action. Embedded in

Motivation and Person: the Ethical Life as a Stream of Consciousness

Abstract: Starting from the separation between rational and irrational motivation, Husserl elaborates a formal ethics which justifies the universal validity of its principles on the logical feature

On the possibility of wholesale moral error

The moral error theory, it seems, could be true. The mere possibility of its truth might also seem inconsequential. But it is not. For, I argue, there is a sense in which the moral error theory is

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  • S. Finlay
  • Philosophy
    Dimensions of Normativity
  • 2019
This chapter aims to clarify debate over the nature, existence, extension, and analyzability of normativity, by investigating whether different philosophers’ claims are about the same subject or (as

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This work argues that the moral nonnaturalist places herself in an invidious position if she simply accepts that the nonnatural moral facts that she posits are not explanatory, and offers the non naturalist an alternative strategy for dealing with moral explanations.

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Notes on Contributors. Introduction James Dreier. Part I: Normative Theory. Is the rightness of action determined by the value of consequences?. 1. The Consequentialist Perspective: William Shaw. 2.

Von der Möglichkeit des moralischen Subjektivismus. Eine Untersuchung zum Einstellungscharakter von Moral und Religion

Moral subjectivism is commonly associated with out-of-favour theories like, e.g., Alfred Ayer’s emotivism or John Mackie’s error theory. This paper approaches the field against the background of the