Thursday, September 22, 2011

Metaethics Summary

I've added a My Metaethics link to the sidebar. Hopefully this will serve as a quick introduction to my views on the nature of moral judgments. Might footnote it up a bunch later.

And if you haven't noticed it yet, farther down the sidebar there is a new external link to the Directory of Open Access Journals' category on philosophy.


  1. I just wanted to say that I think your summary is a fairly good one, and I agree with you completely as far as I can tell. I'm still interested in how one might make some moral judgements on this view, though.

    If standards are largely arbitrary from a meta-ethical view (and I do think they are), what are we using to choose one standard instead of another? Why are certain standards more popular?

    PS: I had some trouble posting this comment.

  2. Evening Peter,

    I think there are good explanations for why some standards are more commonly held than others: evolved biology, strategies which work better than others when living in a groups, widespread cultures. Those sorts of things.

    There isn't any normative guidance to be drawn from my views on metaethics, except maybe to exclude a few kinds while leaving many other options equally open.

    Blogger comments have been fussy. I had to disable a Firefox addon or two to make it work recently. Will Google ever make them not so terrible overall?