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Moral Twin-Earth and Semantic Moral Realism

Heimir Geirsson
Erkenntnis (1975-)
Vol. 62, No. 3 (2005), pp. 353-378
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/20013335
Page Count: 26
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Moral Twin-Earth and Semantic Moral Realism
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Abstract

Mark Timmons and Terry Horgan have argued that the new moral realism, which rests on the causal theory of reference, is untenable. While I do agree that the new moral realism is untenable, I do not think that Timmons and Horgan have succeeded in showing that it is. I will lay out the case for new moral realism and Horgan and Timmons' argument against it, and then argue that their argument fails. Further, I will discuss Boyd's semantic theory as well as attempts to improve upon it, raise serious problems for these semantic accounts, and suggest an alternative view that accounts for our use of moral terms.

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