The sense of incredibility in ethics

Philosophical Studies:1-23 (forthcoming)
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N. G. Laskowski
Universität Duisburg-Essen
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It is often said that normative properties are “just too different” to reduce to other kinds of properties. This suggests that many philosophers find it difficult to believe reductive theses in ethics. I argue that the distinctiveness of the normative concepts we use in thinking about reductive theses offers a more promising explanation of this psychological phenomenon than the falsity of Reductive Realism. To identify the distinctiveness of normative concepts, I use resources from familiar Hybrid views of normative language and thought to develop a Hybrid view of normative concepts. In addition to using this new Hybrid view to explain why reductive theses are difficult to believe, I show how to preserve several patterns of inference involving normative concepts that, intuitively, it is possible to make, and hence answer an important recent challenge to Hybrid views from Mark Schroeder.
Keywords Normative Concepts  Hybridism  Reductive Realism  Robust Realism  Moral Concepts  Moral
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-017-1007-1
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