Reconstruction in moral philosophy?


Journal Article

We raise three issues for Kitcher's Ethical Project: First, we argue that the genealogy of morals starts well before the advent of altruism-failures and the need to remedy them, which Kitcher dates at about 50K years ago. Second, we challenge the likelihood of long term moral progress of the sort Kitcher requires to establish objectivity while circumventing Hume's challenge to avoid trying to derive normative conclusions from positive ones-'ought' from 'is'. Third, we sketch ways in which Kitcher's metaethical opponents could respond to his arguments against them. © Lucius & Lucius, Stuttgart.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Braddock, M; Rosenberg, A

Published Date

  • January 1, 2012

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2012 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 63 - 80

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0171-5860

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1515/auk-2012-0105

Citation Source

  • Scopus