A liberal realist answer to debunking skeptics: the empirical case for realism

Philosophical Studies:1-28 (forthcoming)
Abstract
Debunking skeptics claim that our moral beliefs are formed by processes unsuited to identifying objective facts, such as emotions inculcated by our genes and culture; therefore, they say, even if there are objective moral facts, we probably don’t know them. I argue that the debunking skeptics cannot explain the pervasive trend toward liberalization of values over human history, and that the best explanation is the realist’s: humanity is becoming increasingly liberal because liberalism is the objectively correct moral stance
Keywords Moral realism  Evolution  Moral skepticism  Liberalism  Liberalization  Debunking
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-015-0588-9
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