Oxford Studies in Metaethics 9:102-125 (2014)

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Matthew Bedke
University of British Columbia
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This paper critically examines coincidence arguments and evolutionary debunking arguments against non-naturalist realism in metaethics. It advances a version of these arguments that goes roughly like this: Given a non-naturalist, realist metaethic, it would be cosmically coincidental if our first order normative beliefs were true. This coincidence undermines any prima facie justification enjoyed by those beliefs.
Keywords evolutionary debunking  moral epistemology  coincidence arguments
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