Between Non-Cognitivism and Realism in Ethics: A Three Fold Model

Prolegomena (Croatia) 10 (1):101-11202 (2011)
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Abstracts The aim of the paper is to propose an alternative model to realist and non-cognitive explanations of the rule-guided use of thick ethical concepts and to examine the implications that may be drawn from this and similar cases for our general understanding of rule-following and the relation between criteria of application, truth and correctness. It addresses McDowell’s non-cognitivism critique and challenges his defence of the entanglement thesis for thick ethical concepts. Contrary to non-cognitivists, however, I propose to view the relation between the two terms of the entanglement as resulting from the satisfaction of a previously applied moral function. This is what I call a “Three-Fold Model”.
Keywords Metaethics  Cogntivism  Functional account  Rule-Following  Truth
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