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Title: Issues in ethical naturalism : motivation, explanation and semantics
Author: Wilkinson, Anna
ISNI:       0000 0004 2676 9491
Awarding Body: The University of Sheffield
Current Institution: University of Sheffield
Date of Award: 2009
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This thesis addresses themes in Ethical Naturalism. I present the distinctive position occupied by contemporary Ethical Naturalist moral realism and raise three problems that are taken to raise problems for that view. Chapters 1 and 2 address the difficulty for ethical naturalism that is created for ethical naturalism by moral motivation. I present an influential argument that aims to show that the motivational account the ethical naturalist endorses is implausible. In chapter 2 I address some possible responses to that argument, for the ethical naturalist. In chapter 3, I tum to moral explanation. In that chapter I describe an important argument that aims to establish that moral facts as postulated by ethical naturalism are explanatorily irrelevant. Chapter 4 evaluates the attempts made by ethical naturalism to show that it can meet the explanatory challenge. In chapter 5 I recount an argument that aims to undermine ethical naturalism by showing that it cannot produce naturalistic moral definitions. I describe the strategy that the ethical naturalist typically takes to meet this charge and present an important objection to that strategy. In chapter 6 I assess possible responses to this argument, for the ethical naturalist. Finally, I draw some conclusions on how these issues impact on the wider plausibility of ethical naturalism.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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