Ethics 129 (1):39-69 (2018)

Louise Hanson
Oxford University
Many people accept, at least implicitly, what I call the asymmetry claim: the view that moral realism is more defensible than aesthetic realism. This article challenges the asymmetry claim. I argue that it is surprisingly hard to find points of contrast between the two domains that could justify their very different treatment with respect to realism. I consider five potentially promising ways to do this, and I argue that all of them fail. If I am right, those who accept the asymmetry claim have a significant burden of proof.
Keywords Moral Realism  Meta-Aesthetics  Acquaintance Principle
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