Is Moral Projectivism Empirically Tractable?

Ethical Theory and Moral Practice 12 (1):53 - 75 (2009)

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Richard Joyce
Victoria University of Wellington
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Different versions of moral projectivism are delineated: minimal, metaphysical, nihilistic, and noncognitivist. Minimal projectivism (the focus of this paper) is the conjunction of two subtheses: (1) that we experience morality as an objective aspect of the world and (2) that this experience has its origin in an affective attitude (e.g., an emotion) rather than in perceptual faculties. Both are empirical claims and must be tested as such. This paper does not offer ideas on any specific test procedures, but rather undertakes the important preliminary task of clarifying the content of these subtheses (e.g., what is meant by "objective"? what is meant by "experience"?). Finally, attention is given to the relation between (a) acknowledging that the projectivist account might be true of a token moral judgment and (b) maintaining moral projectivism to be true as a general thesis
Keywords Empirical philosophy  Moral objectivity  Moral psychology  Projectivism
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DOI 10.1007/s10677-008-9127-5
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