publication . Doctoral thesis . 2011

Rethinking the objectivity of ethics

Kurth, Charles Burke;
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  • Published: 01 Jan 2011
  • Publisher: eScholarship, University of California
  • Country: Mexico
Abstract
Commonsense says that morality is objective. But skeptics deny that the normativity and fallibility that characterize this objectivity really exist. I disagree. I develop an account of moral facts that vindicates the objectivity of ethics. Moreover, I do this without relying on either the strong foundational claims of realism and constructivism, or the revisionary logic of expressivism. Instead, I build from a moral psychology that is modest and familiar--one that focuses on the distinctive, but well-known, anxiety that is provoked when we make a moral judgment. Drawing on empirical work, I argue that this anxiety is a universal feature of our social-psychologic...
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free text keywords: Dissertations, Academic Philosophy. (Discipline) UCSD, Ethics, Objectivity, Decision making Moral and ethical aspects, Decision making Psychological aspects
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