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    An assumption of extreme significance: Moore, Ross and Spencer on ethics and evolution

    Lillehammer, Hallvard (2016) An assumption of extreme significance: Moore, Ross and Spencer on ethics and evolution. In: Leibovitz, U. and Sinclair, N. (eds.) Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press, pp. 103-123. ISBN 9780198778592.

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    In recent years there has been a growing interest among mainstream Anglophone moral philosophers in the empirical study of human morality, including its evolution and historical development. This chapter compares these developments with an earlier point of contact between moral philosophy and the moral sciences in the early decades of the Twentieth century, as manifested in some of the less frequently discussed arguments of G. E. Moore and W. D. Ross. It is argued that a critical appreciation of Moore and Ross’s response to the emerging moral sciences of their day has significant implications for contemporary moral epistemology. The chapter also offers a novel interpretation of G. E. Moore’s ‘open question argument’.


    Item Type: Book Section
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Hallvard Lillehammer
    Date Deposited: 27 Jan 2016 18:00
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:16


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