Evolutionary Debunking of Moral Realism

Philosophy Compass 10 (2):104-116 (2015)
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Katia Vavova
Mount Holyoke College
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Evolutionary debunking arguments move from a premise about the influence of evolutionary forces on our moral beliefs to a skeptical conclusion about those beliefs. My primary aim is to clarify this empirically grounded epistemological challenge. I begin by distinguishing among importantly different sorts of epistemological attacks. I then demonstrate that instances of each appear in the literature under the ‘evolutionary debunking’ title. Distinguishing them clears up some confusions and helps us better understand the structure and potential of evolutionary debunking arguments.
Keywords evolution  morality  debunking  moral skepticism  higher order evidence  evolutionary debunking  realism  metaethics  epistemology
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DOI 10.1111/phc3.12194
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On What Matters: Two-Volume Set.Derek Parfit - 2011 - Oxford University Press.
Debunking Evolutionary Debunking.Katia Vavova - 2014 - Oxford Studies in Metaethics 9:76-101.

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