The Return of Moral Fictionalism

Philosophical Perspectives 18 (1):149–188 (2004)
Abstract
Fictionalism has recently returned as a standard response to ontologically problematic domains. This article assesses moral fictionalism. It argues (i) that a correct understanding of the dialectical situation in contemporary metaethics shows that fictionalism is only an interesting new alternative if it can provide a new account of normative content: what is it that I am thinking or saying when I think or say that I ought to do something; and (ii) that fictionalism, qua fictionalism, does not provide us with any new resources for providing such an account.
Keywords meta-ethics  metaethics  fictionalism  irrealism  anti-realism  error theory
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DOI 10.1111/j.1520-8583.2004.00024.x
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