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A World Without Values

Essays on John Mackie's Moral Error Theory

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Taking as its point of departure the work of moral philosopher John Mackie (1917-1981), this is a collection of essays on moral skepticism by leading contemporary philosophers. It is the first book to focus comprehensively on the topic of moral skepticism.


Titel: A World Without Values
Autoren/Herausgeber: Richard Joyce, Simon Kirchin (Hrsg.)
Aus der Reihe: Philosophical Studies Series
Ausgabe: 2010

ISBN/EAN: 9789400730991

Seitenzahl: 238
Format: 23,5 x 15,5 cm
Produktform: Taschenbuch/Softcover
Gewicht: 409 g
Sprache: Englisch

Richard Joyce is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Sydney. He received his PhD from Princeton University in 1998, after which he was a lecturer at the University of Sheffield. He is the author of "The Myth of Morality" (Cambridge University Press, 2001) and "The Evolution of Morality" (MIT Press, 2006).Simon Kirchn is Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at the University of Kent. He received his PhD from the University of Sheffield and subsequently taught at the University of Bristol. He is the author of a number of papers in metaethics and the co-editor (with Andrew Fisher) of Arguing About Metaethics (2006). He is currently writing a book on thick concepts. He was elected President of the British Society of Ethical Theory in 2008 and is an Assistant Editor of Ethical Theory and Moral Practice.

For centuries, certain moral philosophers have maintained that morality is an illusion, comparable to talking of ghosts or unicorns. These moral skeptics claim that the world simply doesn’t contain the sort of properties (such as moral badness, moral obligation, etc.) necessary to render moral statements true. Even seemingly obvious moral claims, such as "killing innocents is morally wrong" fail to be true. What would lead someone to adopt such a radical viewpoint? Are the arguments in its favor defensible or plausible? What impact would embracing such a view have on one’s practical life?
Taking as its point of departure the work of moral philosopher John Mackie (1917-1981), A World Without Values is a collection of essays on moral skepticism by leading contemporary philosophers, some of whom are sympathetic to Mackie’s views, some of whom are opposed. Rather than treating moral skepticism as something to dismiss as quickly as possible, this anthology is a comprehensive exploration of the topic, and as such will be a valuable resource for students of moral philosophy at all levels, as well as professionals in the field of meta-ethics. A World Without Values presents state-of-the-art arguments that advance the ongoing philosophical debate on several fronts, and will enjoy an important place on any meta-ethicist’s bookshelf for some years to come.

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