Troubles on moral twin earth: Moral queerness revived

Synthese 92 (2):221 - 260 (1992)
Authors
Mark Timmons
University of Arizona
Terence Horgan
University of Arizona
Abstract
J. L. Mackie argued that if there were objective moral properties or facts, then the supervenience relation linking the nonmoral to the moral would be metaphysically queer. Moral realists reply that objective supervenience relations are ubiquitous according to contemporary versions of metaphysical naturalism and, hence, that there is nothing especially queer about moral supervenience. In this paper we revive Mackie's challenge to moral realism. We argue: (i) that objective supervenience relations of any kind, moral or otherwise, should be explainable rather than sui generis; (ii) that this explanatory burden can be successfully met vis-à-vis the supervenience of the mental upon the physical, and in other related cases; and (iii) that the burden cannot be met for (putative) objective moral supervenience relations.
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.1007/BF00414300
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

Our Archive


Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 34,507
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

Mental Events.Donald Davidson - 1970 - In L. Foster & J. W. Swanson (eds.), Essays on Actions and Events. Clarendon Press. pp. 207-224.
Individualism and Psychology.Tyler Burge - 1986 - Philosophical Review 95 (January):3-45.

View all 37 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

A Simple Escape From Moral Twin Earth.Pekka Väyrynen - 2018 - Thought: A Journal of Philosophy 7 (2):109-118.
Virtue Epistemology and Epistemic Twin Earth.Jesper Kallestrup & Duncan Pritchard - 2014 - European Journal of Philosophy 22 (3):335-357.
Normative Reference Magnets.J. Robert G. Williams - 2018 - Philosophical Review 127 (1):41-71.

View all 43 citations / Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Moore on Twin Earth.Neil Levy - 2011 - Erkenntnis 75 (1):137-146.
Anti-Reductionism and Supervenience.Michael Ridge - 2007 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 4 (3):330-348.
Explaining Supervenience.Nick Zagwill - 1997 - Journal of Philosophical Research 22:509-518.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2009-01-28

Total downloads
348 ( #10,979 of 2,268,147 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
28 ( #13,813 of 2,268,147 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Monthly downloads

My notes

Sign in to use this feature