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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 MT09

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 5 MT09
Start Date 9th Nov 2009 4:30pm
End Date 9th Nov 2009 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Torbjörn Tännsjo (Stockholm) 'In Defence of Moral Realism' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


I will present some ideas from a forthcoming book, "From Reasons to Norms: On the Basic Question in Ethics (Springer, forthcoming). I will argue that there is a unique and objective answer to the question what we ought to do, simpliciter. I will rebut Mackie's arguments from queerness and relativity, and Harman's empiricist argument in defence of moral nihilism, and following Ewing, Nagel, and Dworkin, I will argue that we are allowed to turn the content of our moral beliefs against the nihilist thesis.

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