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Constitutive Generalism

Sean McKeever and Michael Ridge

in Principled Ethics: Generalism as a Regulative Ideal

Published in print:
2006
Published Online:
May 2006
ISBN:
9780199290659
eISBN:
9780191603617
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0199290652.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

According to one dimension of the generalist tradition, moral principles are built into the very meaning of moral predicates. They are analytic truths, and thus anyone who is in fact competent with a ... More


Analytical Moral Functionalism Meets Moral Twin Earth

Terry Horgan and Mark Timmons

in Minds, Ethics, and Conditionals: Themes from the Philosophy of Frank Jackson

Published in print:
2009
Published Online:
May 2010
ISBN:
9780199267989
eISBN:
9780191708268
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199267989.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind

In chapters 4 and 5 of his 1998 book From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis, Frank Jackson propounds and defends a form of moral realism that he calls both ‘moral functionalism’ ... More


The Location Problem for Ethics: Moral Properties and Moral Content

Frank Jackson

in From Metaphysics to Ethics: A Defence of Conceptual Analysis

Published in print:
2000
Published Online:
November 2003
ISBN:
9780198250616
eISBN:
9780191597787
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0198250614.003.0005
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter gives an account of what cognitivism in ethics is and argues that the a priori global nature of the supervenience of the ethical on the descriptive requires cognitivists in ethics to ... More


Moral Functionalism, Ethical Quasi-Relativism, and the Canberra Plan

Denis Robinson

in Conceptual Analysis and Philosophical Naturalism

Published in print:
2008
Published Online:
August 2013
ISBN:
9780262012560
eISBN:
9780262255202
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262012560.003.0014
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This chapter presents a double agenda, the topics of which share a complementary nature. The first agendum is to shed light on some issues relating to the “Canberra Plan,” while focusing not on ... More


The Theory–Theory Approach to Ethics

Frank Jackson

in Conceptual Engineering and Conceptual Ethics

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
February 2020
ISBN:
9780198801856
eISBN:
9780191840418
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198801856.003.0013
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy

One way to approach the theory of reference for proper names is by asking what proper names are good for in the sense of the valuable purposes they serve. Suppose we approach ethical terms and ... More


A Good Word to Start With

Stephen Finlay

in Confusion of Tongues: A Theory of Normative Language

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
April 2014
ISBN:
9780199347490
eISBN:
9780199347513
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199347490.003.0002
Subject:
Philosophy, Moral Philosophy, Philosophy of Language

A unifying semantics for the word ‘good’ is offered for its nonmoral uses. A common underlying logical syntax is identified: ‘good’ expresses a relation between two propositions with a background ... More


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