Neuroethics 12 (2):119-131 (2018)

Authors
Hanno Sauer
Utrecht University
Steven R. Kraaijeveld
Wageningen University and Research
Abstract
Recently, Joshua Greene has argued that we need a metamorality to solve moral problems for which evolution has not prepared us. The metamorality that he proposes is a utilitarian account that he calls deep pragmatism. Deep pragmatism is supposed to arbitrate when the values espoused by different groups clash. To date, no systematic appraisal of this argument for a metamorality exists. We reconstruct Greene’s case for deep pragmatism as a metamorality and consider three lines of objection to it. We argue that, in the end, only one of these objections seriously threatens Greene’s position. Greene has to commit to the nonexistence of moral truth in order for his argument for the need of a metamorality to get off the ground. This, however, leads to a tension in his overall argument for deep pragmatism: ultimately, it casts his rejection of antiutilitarian moral intuitions into doubt.
Keywords Metamorality  Moral truth  Deep pragmatism  Dual-process theory  Metaethics
Categories (categorize this paper)
Reprint years 2018, 2019
ISBN(s)
DOI 10.1007/s12152-018-9378-3
Options
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Translate to english
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

 PhilArchive page | Other versions
External links

Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
Through your library

References found in this work BETA

The Normative Insignificance of Neuroscience.Selim Berker - 2009 - Philosophy and Public Affairs 37 (4):293-329.
The Secret Joke of Kant’s Soul.Joshua Greene - 2007 - In W. Sinnott-Armstrong (ed.), Moral Psychology, Vol. 3. MIT Press.

View all 22 references / Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Debunking (the) Retribution (Gap).Steven R. Kraaijeveld - 2019 - Science and Engineering Ethics:1-14.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Ethical Pragmatism.Raff Donelson - 2017 - Metaphilosophy 48 (4):383-403.
Essays in Pragmatism.William James - 1948 - New York: Hafner Pub. Co..
What Conception of Moral Truth Works in Bioethics?Richard W. Momeyer - 2002 - Journal of Medicine and Philosophy 27 (4):403 – 416.
William James on Truth and Invention in Morality.Sarin Marchetti - 2010 - European Journal of Pragmatism and American Philosophy 2 (2):127-161.
Truth and Moral Objectivity: Procedural Realism in Putnam's Pragmatism.Francisco Gil Martín & Jesús Encabo - 2008 - Poznan Studies in the Philosophy of the Sciences and the Humanities 95:265-285.
Truth, Pragmatism and Morality.David Wiggins - 2013 - Philosophy 88 (3):351-368.

Analytics

Added to PP index
2018-07-21

Total views
186 ( #50,981 of 2,411,756 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
44 ( #17,726 of 2,411,756 )

How can I increase my downloads?

Downloads

My notes