The Normative Web
An Argument for Moral Realism
By (author) Terence Cuneo
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Normative Web by Terence Cuneo
Book DescriptionAntirealist views about morality claim that moral facts or truths do not exist. Do these views imply that other types of normative facts, such as epistemic ones, do not exist? The Normative Web develops a positive answer to this question. Terence Cuneo argues that the similarities between moral and epistemic facts provide excellent reason to believe that, if moral facts do not exist, then epistemic facts do not exist. But epistemic facts, it is argued, do exist: to deny their existence would commit us to an extreme version of epistemological skepticism. Therefore, Cuneo concludes, moral facts exist. And if moral facts exist, then moral realism is true. In so arguing, Cuneo provides not simply a defense of moral realism, but a positive argument for it. Moreover, this argument engages with a wide range of antirealist positions in epistemology such as error theories, expressivist views, and reductionist views of epistemic reasons. If the central argument of The Normative Web is correct, antirealist positions of these varieties come at a very high cost. Given their cost, Cuneo contends, we should find realism about both epistemic and moral facts highly attractive.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199218837
(240mm x 160mm x 20mm)
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 6-Sep-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Terence Cuneo
Ritualized Faith, Hardback (March 2016)
A volume of collected essays on the philosophy of liturgy.
Understanding Liberal Democracy, Paperback (January 2016)
This volume presents influential work by Nicholas Wolterstorff at the intersection between political philosophy and religion, alongside nine new essays on the nature of liberal democracy, human rights, and political authority. These novel essays offer an attractive alternative to the public reason liberalism defended by thinkers such as John Rawls.
Speech and Morality, Hardback (August 2014)» View all books by Terence Cuneo
Terence Cuneo presents a new argument for moral realism. According to the normative theory of speech, speech acts are generated by an agent's altering her normative position with regard to her audience. In doing so she takes on rights and responsibilities, some of which are moral and objective: these are a necessary condition of speech.
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