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Profile: Knut Olav Skarsaune (University of Oslo)
  1. Knut Olav Skarsaune (forthcoming). Book Review: David Enoch, Taking Morality Seriously. [REVIEW] Utilitas.
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  2. Knut Olav Skarsaune (forthcoming). David Enoch, Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism , Pp. Xi + 295. Utilitas:1-4.
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  3. Knut Olav Skarsaune (2015). How To Be a Moral Platonist. Oxford Studies in Metaethics (10).
    Contrary to popular opinion, non-natural realism can explain both why normative properties supervene on descriptive properties, and why this pattern is analytic. The explanation proceeds by positing a subtle polysemy in normative predicates like “good”. Such predicates express slightly different senses when they are applied to particulars (like Florence Nightingale) and to kinds (like altruism). The former sense, “goodPAR”, can be defined in terms of the latter, “goodKIN”, as follows: x is goodPAR iff there is a kind K such that (...)
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  4. Knut Olav Skarsaune (2011). Darwin and Moral Realism: Survival of the Iffiest. Philosophical Studies 152 (2):229-243.
    This paper defends moral realism against Sharon Street’s “Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value” (this journal, 2006). I argue by separation of cases: From the assumption that a certain normative claim is true, I argue that the first horn of the dilemma is tenable for realists. Then, from the assumption that the same normative claim is false, I argue that the second horn is tenable. Either way, then, the Darwinian dilemma does not add anything to realists’ epistemic worries.
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