Disputatio 7 (41):193-206 (2015)

Joseph Long
State University of New York, Brockport
I have recently argued that if the causal theory of reference is true, then, on pain of absurdity, no normative ethical theory is true. In this journal, Michael Byron has objected to my reductio by appealing to Frank Jackson’s moral reductionism. The present essay defends reductio while also casting doubt upon Jackson’s moral reductionism.
Keywords Causal theory of reference  Right-making properties  Moral reductionism  Frank Jackson  Justifying reasons
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DOI 10.2478/disp-2015-0010
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