The Myth of Morality

The Myth of Morality

by Richard Joyce
     
 

ISBN-10: 0521036259

ISBN-13: 9780521036252

Pub. Date: 04/23/2007

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Richard Joyce argues in this study that moral discourse is hopelessly flawed. At the heart of ordinary moral judgments is a notion of moral inescapability, or practical authority, which, upon investigation, cannot be reasonably defended. He asserts, moreover, that natural selection is to blame, in that it has provided us with a tendency to invest the world with

Overview

Richard Joyce argues in this study that moral discourse is hopelessly flawed. At the heart of ordinary moral judgments is a notion of moral inescapability, or practical authority, which, upon investigation, cannot be reasonably defended. He asserts, moreover, that natural selection is to blame, in that it has provided us with a tendency to invest the world with values that it does not contain, and demands that it does not make. This original and innovative book will appeal to readers interested in the problems of moral philosophy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521036252
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
04/23/2007
Series:
Cambridge Studies in Philosophy Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
264
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.59(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Error theory and motivation; 2. Error theory and reasons; 3. Practical instrumentalism; 4. The relativity of reasons; 5. Internal and external reasons; 6. Morality and evolution; 7. Fictionalism; 8. Moral fictionalism; Epilogue: debunking myths; Select bibliography; Index.

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