Taking Morality Seriously: A Defense of Robust Realism

Oxford, GB: Oxford University Press UK (2011)
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David Enoch develops, argues for, and defends a strongly realist and objectivist view of ethics and normativity more broadly. This view--according to which there are perfectly objective, universal, moral and other normative truths that are not in any way reducible to other, natural truths--is familiar, but this book is the first in-detail development of the positive motivations for the view into reasonably precise arguments. And when the book turns to defend Robust Realism against traditional objections, it mobilizes the original positive arguments for the view to help with fending off the objections.



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A common objection to realism (robust or otherwise) is that realists owe us — very roughly speaking — an account of how it is that we can have epistemic access to the normative truths about which they are realists. This chapter first distinguishes between many different ways of understandi... see more


Moral disagreement is widely held to pose a threat for metaethical realism and objectivity. This chapter is an attempt at understanding how it is that moral disagreement is supposed to present a problem for metaethical and meta-normative realism. The chapter distinguishes between many diff... see more

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David Enoch
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