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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 TT08

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 3 TT08
Start Date 5th May 2008 4:30pm
End Date 5th May 2008 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Daniel Elstein (Leeds): ‘Is there a Normative Question, and if so, how can it be answered?’ to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


A neglected debate in metaethics is between Kantian and Humean expressivists. Kantian expressivists like Korsgaard hold that there is a single normative question which metaethics must deal with, whereas Humeans like Blackburn hold that there are simply a slew of diverse normative questions, which are a matter for normative ethics rather than metaethics. I argue that that the counter-intuitive Kantian position can be defended by considering Copp's normative regress argument, and I try to show how to understand Kant's argument for the categorical imperative as a plausible response to this threat of normative regress.

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