Anti-reductionism and supervenience

Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (3):330-348 (2007)
Abstract
In this paper, I argue that anti-reductionist moral realism still has trouble explaining supervenience. My main target here will be Russ Shafer-Landau's attempt to explain the supervenience of the moral on the natural in terms of the constitution of moral property instantiations by natural property instantiations. First, though, I discuss a recent challenge to the very idea of using supervenience as a dialectical weapon posed by Nicholas Sturgeon. With a suitably formulated supervenience thesis in hand, I try to show how Shafer-Landau's proffered strategy to explain supervenience not only fails to explain supervenience, but that it also has a number of implausible consequences. The more general lesson is that strategies which may work well for explaining supervenience in the philosophy of mind and other areas cannot be assumed to carry over successfully to the metaethical context. We should therefore treat so-called `companions in guilt' arguments in this area of philosophy with considerable skepticism. Key Words: expressivism • moral realism • non-naturalism • reductionism • supervenience • trope.
Keywords Moral Realism   Non-naturalism   Supervenience   Reductionism   Trope   Expressivism
Categories (categorize this paper)
Options
 Save to my reading list
Follow the author(s)
My bibliography
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Revision history Request removal from index
 
Download options
PhilPapers Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy on self-archival     Papers currently archived: 11,007
External links
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library
References found in this work BETA

No references found.

Citations of this work BETA
Zed Adams (2011). Moral Mistakes. Philosophical Investigations 34 (1):1-21.
Similar books and articles
R. M. Hare (1984). Supervenience. Proceedings of the Aristotelian Society 58:1-16.
Harold W. Noonan (1987). Supervenience. Philosophical Quarterly 37 (January):78-85.
Erhan Demircioglu (2011). Supervenience and Reductive Physicalism. European Journal of Analytic Philosophy 7 (1):25-35.
Brian P. McLaughlin (1995). Varieties of Supervenience. In Elias E. Savellos & U. Yalcin (eds.), Supervenience: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. 16--59.
Robert Stalnaker (1996). Varieties of Supervenience. Philosophical Perspectives 10:221-42.
Nick Zagwill (1997). Explaining Supervenience. Journal of Philosophical Research 22:509-518.
Cynthia Macdonald (1995). Psychophysical Supervenience, Dependency, and Reduction. In Elias E. Savellos & U. Yalcin (eds.), Supervenience: New Essays. Cambridge University Press. 140--57.
Analytics

Monthly downloads

Added to index

2009-01-28

Total downloads

149 ( #5,094 of 1,101,159 )

Recent downloads (6 months)

11 ( #17,025 of 1,101,159 )

How can I increase my downloads?

My notes
Sign in to use this feature


Discussion
Start a new thread
Order:
There  are no threads in this forum
Nothing in this forum yet.