Monday, August 25, 2008

Metaethics 101

For people interested in moral philosophy, this is a great conversation about a view called moral realism. My only problem is that Loeb and Railton both seem to assume that if moral propositions are truth-apt (can be true or false), then they must refer to entities or properties that belong to a mind-independent world. However, there is a family of metaethical views called 'cognitive irrealism' which claims that moral propositions can be truth-apt without referring to intrinsically normative features of the world. In any case, this video is an excellent introduction to metaethics for the non-specialist.

1 comment:

Ragoth said...

Very interesting. I'm going to have to sit down and listen to it more in-depth when I get home, as I can only give half an ear to it at work.

Thanks for the link.