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(2011) New waves in metaethics, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan.

The myth of moral fictionalism

Terence Cuneo, Sean Christy

pp. 85-102

Naturalists wonder whether there is a place in the world for moral facts. Some believe not, advocating either a view according to which moral discourse is massively in error or one in which it fails to express moral propositions altogether. Other naturalists believe there is a place for moral facts, but only if they are identical with (or perhaps constituted by) natural facts. According to these philosophers, moral discourse embodies no fundamental error and is straightforwardly assertoric. For some time, many philosophers believed that these positions exhausted the options for naturalists. Recently, however, a new position has emerged as an alternative. This position, dubbed moral fictionalism by its advocates, maintains that moral thought and discourse either are or should become modes of pretense, wherein we pretend that there are moral facts.

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DOI: 10.1057/9780230294899_5

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Cuneo, T. , Christy, S. (2011)., The myth of moral fictionalism, in M. Brady (ed.), New waves in metaethics, Basingstoke, Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 85-102.

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