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Evidence for Moral Knowledge

Ali, Arden (2010) Evidence for Moral Knowledge. Undergraduate Thesis, University of Pittsburgh. (Unpublished)

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My aim in this thesis is to examine two sources of plausibility for moral anti-realism. First, I address some popular arguments that appeal to moral disagreement, ultimately finding that the route from disagreement to anti-realism is less clear than it might seem. Second, I outline one particular argument from moral luck, which highlights the inexplicable coincidence of our moral beliefs and objective moral fact. In response to this argument, I show how our moral sentiments can serve as a specific kind of evidence for moral knowledge, namely evidence that connects our moral opinions non-accidentally with objective moral fact. In that way, on the view developed in this thesis, our moral sentiments make objective moral knowledge possible.


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Item Type: University of Pittsburgh ETD
Status: Unpublished
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
ETD Committee:
TitleMemberEmail AddressPitt UsernameORCID
Committee ChairSetiya, Kierankis23@pitt.eduKIS23
Committee MemberMcDowell, Johnjmcdowel@pitt.eduJMCDOWEL
Committee MemberSchafer, Karlschaferk@pitt.eduSCHAFERK
Committee MemberStreet,
Date: 12 May 2010
Date Type: Completion
Defense Date: 16 April 2010
Approval Date: 12 May 2010
Submission Date: 20 April 2010
Access Restriction: No restriction; Release the ETD for access worldwide immediately.
Institution: University of Pittsburgh
Schools and Programs: David C. Frederick Honors College
Degree: BPhil - Bachelor of Philosophy
Thesis Type: Undergraduate Thesis
Refereed: Yes
Uncontrolled Keywords: anti-realism; dispositions; McDowell; moral disagreement; moral epistemology; moral luck; objectivity; sentiments
Other ID:, etd-04202010-183558
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2011 19:39
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2016 13:41


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