Morality in a Natural World: Selected Essays in Metaethics (Cambridge Studies in Philosophy)

By David Copp

The valuable philosophical problem of metaethics is to account for the normativity of ethical judgment with out leaving behind or heavily compromising ethical realism. In Morality in a wildlife, David Copp defends a model of naturalistic ethical realism which may accommodate the normativity of morality. ethical naturalism is frequently inspiration to stand unique metaphysical, epistemological, and semantic difficulties in addition to the trouble in accounting for normativity. within the ten essays incorporated during this quantity, Copp defends ideas to those difficulties. 3 of the essays are new, whereas seven have formerly been released. them all are excited about the viability of naturalistic and sensible debts of the character of morality, or, extra as a rule, with the viability of naturalistic debts of purposes.

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