Why Cornell Moral Realism Cannot Provide an Adequate Account of Moral Knowledge

Theoria 80 (2):184-190 (2014)
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According to Cornell moral realists, we can know about moral facts in much the same way that we do the empirical facts of the natural sciences. In “Can Cornell Moral Realism Adequately Account for Moral Knowledge?” (2012), I argue that this positive comparison to scientific knowledge hurts, rather than helps, the moral realist position. Joseph Long has recently defended Cornell moral realism against my concerns. In this article, I respond to Long's arguments and clarify important issues in the present debate.



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Elizabeth Tropman
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