By Susana Nuccetelli, Gary Seay
Moral naturalism is narrowly construed because the doctrine that there are ethical homes and evidence, a minimum of a few of that are average houses and evidence. maybe because of its having confronted, early on, intuitively forceful objections by means of eliminativists and non-naturalists, moral naturalism has only in the near past develop into a relevant participant within the debates in regards to the prestige of ethical homes and evidence that have occupied philosophers over the past century. It has now turn into a motive force in these debates, one with adequate assets to problem not just eliminativism, specially in its quite a few non-cognitivist types, but additionally the main refined types of non-naturalism. This quantity brings jointly twelve new essays which make it transparent that, in mild of modern advancements in analytic philosophy and the social sciences, there are novel grounds for reassessing the doctrines at stake in those debates.
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The gradualness of the process with no obvious place to stop seems an important part of the explanation of why they obeyed a command to shock the other person in that experiment although they would not have Naturalism in moral philosophy 23 done so if directly ordered to give the severe shock at the very beginning (Milgram 1974). What these and many related experiments show is that aspects of a particular situation can be important to how a person acts in ways that ordinary people do not normally appreciate, leading them to attribute distinctive actions to an agent’s distinctive character rather than to subtle aspects of the situation.
The question, however, he says, is whether this property, and facts and claims of these kinds, are “irreducibly normative” (Parfit 2011: v. II, 280, 266–67). ”24 Parfit appears to be discussing analytic naturalism in this passage, where, as I explained, analytic naturalism adds to the basic doctrine of reductive naturalism the thesis that the characteristic naturalistic identity claims are analytic or conceptual truths. I want to focus attention on non-analytic naturalism. ” This is needlessly confusing.
1 Naturalists and non-naturalists disagree about the nature of moral properties and facts. Naturalists think, roughly, that moral properties and facts are similar in all metaphysically and epistemologically important respects to (other) natural properties and facts, such as meteorological ones. Nonnaturalists deny this, primarily, I believe, because they think that naturalism cannot account for the normativity of moral properties and facts. Of course, a naturalist might deny that moral properties and facts are normative.