Moral fictionalism versus the rest

Australasian Journal of Philosophy 83 (3):307 – 330 (2005)
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Abstract

In this paper we introduce a distinct metaethical position, fictionalism about morality. We clarify and defend the position, showing that it is a way to save the 'moral phenomena' while agreeing that there is no genuine objective prescriptivity to be described by moral terms. In particular, we distinguish moral fictionalism from moral quasi-realism, and we show that fictionalism possesses the virtues of quasi-realism about morality, but avoids its vices.

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Greg Restall
University of Melbourne
Daniel Nolan
University of Notre Dame
Caroline West
University of Sydney

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