Comparative Metaethics: Neglected Perspectives on the Foundations of Morality

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Colin Marshall
Routledge, Oct 10, 2019 - Philosophy - 272 pages
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This collection of original essays explores metaethical views from outside the mainstream European tradition. The guiding motivation is that important discussions about the ultimate nature of morality can be found far beyond ancient Greece and modern Europe. The volume’s aim is to show how rich the possibilities are for comparative metaethics, and how much these comparisons offer challenges and new perspectives to contemporary analytic metaethics. Representing five continents, the thinkers discussed range from ancient Egyptian, ancient Chinese, and the Mexican (Aztec) cultures to more recent thinkers like Augusto Salazar Bondy, Bimal Krishna Matilal, Nishida Kitarō, and Susan Sontag. The philosophical topics discussed include religious language, moral discovery, moral disagreement, essences’ relation to evaluative facts, metaphysical harmony and moral knowledge, naturalism, moral perception, and quasi-realism. This volume will be of interest to anyone interested in metaethics or comparative philosophy.


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Colin Marshall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, USA. His research focuses on the intersection of historical and contemporary philosophy of mind and metaethics. He is the author of Compassionate Moral Realism (2018).

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