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From Scepticism to Anti-Realism
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy, Ethics and Social Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4002-3007
2019 (English)In: Dialectica, ISSN 0012-2017, E-ISSN 1746-8361Article in journal (Refereed) Accepted
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A common anti-realist strategy is to argue that moral realism (or at least the non-naturalist form of it) should be abandoned because it cannot adequately make room for moral knowledge and justified moral belief, for example in view of an evolutionary account of the origins of moral beliefs or of the existence of radical moral disagreement. Why is that (alleged) fact supposed to undermine realism? I examine and discuss three possible answers to this question. According to the answer that I think holds most promise, it undermines realism because it renders realism “epistemically incoherent” (in a sense explicated in the paper), and a central aim of the paper is to elaborate and defend that suggestion against certain objections. I end by briefly commenting on the more general significance of the discussion, by considering some other areas (epistemology and vagueness) where similar questions might be raised.

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Philosophy, Ethics and Religion Ethics
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Practical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-388933DOI: 10.1111/1746-8361.12276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-388933DiVA, id: diva2:1335998
Available from: 2019-07-08 Created: 2019-07-08 Last updated: 2019-08-15Bibliographically approved

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