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    Constructivism and the Error Theory

    Lillehammer, Hallvard (2023) Constructivism and the Error Theory. In: Miller, C.B. (ed.) Bloomsbury Handbook of Ethics (Second Edition). Bloomsbury Handbooks. Bloomsbury, pp. 108-129. ISBN 9781350217881.

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    According to the error theory, morality presents itself to us as though it were something to be discovered, but in fact it is not. Morality is something invented, constructed, or made. According to constructivism, morality is something invented, constructed, or made. Thus understood, constructivism and error theory are close philosophical relatives. Both views assert that morality is a construction. Error theory goes on to say that moral thought also aspires to something more, but does so unsuccessfully. Constructivism stops short of this claim. Which, if any, of these two views should we prefer? That is the question I shall address in this chapter. My answer will be that constructivism has the edge over error theory in virtue of being committed to less problematic views about the content, truth, and justification of moral claims. I shall not, however, conclude that we ought to believe in constructivism. In order to do that I would have to argue that the claims of the constructivist are more plausible than those of her competitors who claim that morality is neither invented, constructed, or made. That is a task that goes beyond the scope of this chapter.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Moral Error Theory, Moral Constructivism
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Historical Studies
    Depositing User: Hallvard Lillehammer
    Date Deposited: 22 Feb 2024 15:07
    Last Modified: 22 Feb 2024 15:30


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