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Debunking Arguments in Ethics


  • Author: Hanno Sauer, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
  • Date Published: July 2018
  • availability: In stock
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9781108423694

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  • In this crisply written book, Hanno Sauer offers the first book-length treatment of debunking arguments in ethics, developing an empirically informed and philosophically sophisticated account of genealogical arguments and their significance for the reliability of moral cognition. He breaks new ground by introducing a series of novel distinctions into the current debate, which allows him to develop a framework for assessing the prospects of debunking or vindicating our moral intuitions. He also challenges the justification of some of our moral judgments by showing that they are based on epistemically defective processes. His book is an original, cutting-edge contribution to the burgeoning field of empirically informed metaethics, and will interest philosophers, psychologists, and anyone interested in how - and whether - moral judgment works.

    • Fills a gap in the literature on the topic of evolutionary debunking arguments, and debunking arguments in ethics more generally
    • Develops an account of debunking arguments in moral philosophy and applies it to specific instances of debunking arguments in moral philosophy, metaethics, and political psychology
    • Ideal for researchers and graduate students who want to get acquainted with the debate on debunking arguments
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    Product details

    • Date Published: July 2018
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9781108423694
    • length: 254 pages
    • dimensions: 235 x 155 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: In stock
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction: debunking arguments and the gap
    Part I. Debunking:
    1. Debunking explained: structure and typology
    2. Debunking defused: the metaethical turn
    3. Debunking contained: selective and global scope
    Part II. Disagreement:
    4. Debunking realism: moral disagreement
    5. Debunking conservatism: political disagreement
    Part III. Deontology:
    6. Debunking details: the perils of trolleyology
    7. Debunking doctrines: double or knobe effect?
    Part IV. Conclusion:
    8. Vindicating arguments.

  • Author

    Hanno Sauer, Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands
    Hanno Sauer is an Assistant Professor of Ethics at the Department of Philosophy at Universiteit Utrecht, The Netherlands and a member of the Ethics Institute. He is the author of Who's Afraid of Instrumental Reason? Instrumentelle Vernunft und die Diagnose sozialer Pathologien (2009) and Moral Judgments as Educated Intuitions (2017). Sauer has published articles in a number of journals including Philosophical Studies, The Journal of Ethics, Philosophical Psychology and Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

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