Philosophy East and West 72 (1):230-247 (2022)

Hagop Sarkissian
CUNY Graduate Center
What are the nature and status of moral norms? And what makes individuals abide by them? These are central questions in metaethics. The first concerns the nature of the moral domain—for example, whether it exists independently of what individuals or groups think of it. The second concerns the bindingness or practical clout of moral norms—how individuals feel impelled to abide by them.1 In this article, I bring two distinct approaches to these questions into dialogue with one another.The first of these comes from David Velleman, as outlined in his Foundations for Moral Relativism. He characterizes normativity as consisting of a human drive to understand and be understood, a drive to...
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