Logos and Episteme 6 (4):429-448 (2015)

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Joseph Van Weelden
Ahmedabad University
Andrew Reisner
Uppsala University
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According to moral testimony pessimists, the testimony of moral experts does not provide non-experts with normative reasons for belief. Moral testimony optimists hold that it does. We first aim to show that moral testimony optimism is, to the extent such things may be shown, the more natural view about moral testimony. Speaking roughly, the supposed discontinuity between the norms of moral beliefs and the norms of non-moral beliefs, on careful reflection, lacks the intuitive advantage that it is sometimes supposed to have. Our second aim is to highlight the difference in the nature of the pragmatic reasons for belief that support moral testimony optimism and moral testimony pessimism, setting out more clearly the nature and magnitude of the challenge for the pessimist.
Keywords moral deference  moral testimony  reasons for belief  ethics of belief  pragmatic reasons for belief  theoretical reason  moral reasoning  moral reasons  moral epistemology  evidentialism
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Reprint years 2015
ISBN(s) 2069-0533
DOI 10.5840/logos-episteme20156434
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