Darwin and moral realism: Survival of the iffiest

Philosophical Studies 152 (2):229-243 (2010)
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This paper defends moral realism against Sharon Street’s “Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value” (this journal, 2006). I argue by separation of cases: From the assumption that a certain normative claim is true, I argue that the first horn of the dilemma is tenable for realists. Then, from the assumption that the same normative claim is false, I argue that the second horn is tenable. Either way, then, the Darwinian dilemma does not add anything to realists’ epistemic worries.
Keywords Darwinism  Moral Realism  Moral Scepticism  Moral Epistemology
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DOI 10.1007/s11098-009-9473-8
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The View From Nowhere.Thomas Nagel - 1986 - Oxford University Press.
Moral Realism: A Defence.Russ Shafer-Landau - 2003 - Oxford University Press.
A Darwinian Dilemma for Realist Theories of Value.Sharon Street - 2005 - Philosophical Studies 127 (1):109-166.

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