Objectivity in Ethics and Mathematics

Justin Clarke-Doane
Columbia University
How do axioms, or first principles, in ethics compare to those in mathematics? In this companion piece to G.C. Field's 1931 "On the Role of Definition in Ethics", I argue that there are similarities between the cases. However, these are premised on an assumption which can be questioned, and which highlights the peculiarity of normative inquiry.
Keywords objectivity  ethics  math  set theory  moral  normativity  deliberation  pluralism  realism
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