Four Faces of Moral Realism

Philosophy Compass 2 (6):820-849 (2007)

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Stephen Finlay
University of Southern California
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This essay explains for a general philosophical audience the central issues and strategies in the contemporary moral realism debate. It critically surveys the contribution of some recent scholarship, representing expressivist and pragmatist nondescriptivism, subjectivist and nonsubjectivist naturalism, nonnaturalism and error theory. Four different faces of ‘ moral realism ’ are distinguished: semantic, ontological, metaphysical, and normative. The debate is presented as taking shape under dialectical pressure from the demands of capturing the moral appearances and reconciling morality with our understanding of the mind and world.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1747-9991.2007.00100.x
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