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Description - The Myth of Morality by Richard Joyce

In The Myth of Morality, Richard Joyce argues that moral discourse is hopelessly flawed. At the heart of ordinary moral judgements is a notion of moral inescapability, or practical authority, which, upon investigation, cannot be reasonably defended. Joyce argues that natural selection is to blame, in that it has provided us with a tendency to invest the world with values that it does not contain, and demands that it does not make. Should we therefore do away with morality, as we did away with other faulty notions such as witches? Possibly not. We may be able to carry on with morality as a 'useful fiction' - allowing it to have a regulative influence on our lives and decisions, perhaps even playing a central role - while not committing ourselves to believing or asserting falsehoods, and thus not being subject to accusations of 'error'.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780521036252
ISBN-10: 0521036259
Format: Paperback
(216mm x 138mm x 15mm)
Pages: 264
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 23-Apr-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Richard Joyce

Richard Joyce is Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Sheffield. He has published a number of articles in journals including Journal of Value Inquiry, British Journal of Aesthetics, and Biology and Philosophy.

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