Ethical Naturalism: Current Debates

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Susana Nuccetelli, Gary Seay
Cambridge University Press, Dec 8, 2011 - Philosophy
Ethical naturalism is narrowly construed as the doctrine that there are moral properties and facts, at least some of which are natural properties and facts. Perhaps owing to its having faced, early on, intuitively forceful objections by eliminativists and non-naturalists, ethical naturalism has only recently become a central player in the debates about the status of moral properties and facts which have occupied philosophers over the last century. It has now become a driving force in those debates, one with sufficient resources to challenge not only eliminativism, especially in its various non-cognitivist forms, but also the most sophisticated versions of non-naturalism. This volume brings together twelve new essays which make it clear that, in light of recent developments in analytic philosophy and the social sciences, there are novel grounds for reassessing the doctrines at stake in these debates.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
chapter 1 Naturalism in moral philosophy
8
five arguments from Parfit against normative naturalism
24
feel the width
58
chapter 4 On ethical naturalism and the philosophy of language
70
how both moral naturalism and moral skepticism may be permissible positions
89
chapter 6 Moral naturalism and categorical reasons
110
chapter 7 Does analytical moral naturalism rest on a mistake?
131
chapter 8 Supervenience and the nature of normativity
144
chapter 9 Can normativity be naturalized?
169
chapter 10 Ethical nonnaturalism and experimental philosophy
194
chapter 11 Externalism motivation and moral knowledge
211
chapter 12 Naturalism absolutism relativism
226
Bibliography
245
Index
259
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Susana Nuccetelli is Professor of Philosophy at St Cloud State University, Minnesota. She is editor of New Essays on Semantic Externalism and Self-Knowledge (2003) and, with Gary Seay, Philosophy of Language: The Central Topics (2007). She is the author of Latin American Thought: Philosophical Problems and Arguments (2002).

Gary Seay is Professor of Philosophy at Medgar Evers College, City University of New York. With Susana Nuccetelli, he is co-author of How to Think Logically (2007) and Latin American Philosophy (2004) and co-editor of Themes from G. E. Moore: New Essays in Epistemology and Ethics (2007).

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