An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics

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Wiley, Oct 20, 2003 - Philosophy - 328 pages
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This introduction provides a highly readable critical overview of the main arguments and themes in twentieth-century and contemporary metaethics. It traces the development of contemporary debates in metaethics from their beginnings in the work of G. E. Moore up to the most recent arguments between naturalism and non-naturalism, cognitivism and non-cognitivism.

  • A highly readable critical overview of the main arguments and themes in twentieth century and contemporary metaethics.
  • Asks: Are there moral facts? Is there such a thing as moral truth? Is moral knowledge possible?
  • Traces the development of contemporary debates in metaethics from their beginnings in the work of G. E. Moore up to the most recent debates between naturalism and non-naturalism, cognitivism and noncognitivism.
  • Provides for the first time a critical survey of famous figures in twentieth century metaethics such as Moore, Ayer and Mackie together with in-depth discussions of contemporary philosophers such as Blackburn, Gibbard, Wright, Harman, Railton, Sturgeon, McDowell and Wiggins.

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User Review  - Alexander - Goodreads

I found this a bit of a slog at times; it's definitely a fairly advanced introduction. But overall, it was quite helpful. Read full review

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User Review  - Matt Sharp - Goodreads

This is NOT 'an introduction' as most people would understand the term 'introduction' and it is not 'highly readable'. For someone with little-to-no background in the subject, this book was not ... Read full review

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Alexander Miller is senior lecturer at Macquarie University, Sydney. He is the author of Philosophy of Language (1998) and co-editor (with Crispin Wright) of Rule-Following and Meaning (2002), as well as a number of articles on the philosophy of language and mind, metaphysics and metaethics.

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