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Moral Psychology, Ethical Relativism, and Blackburn's Metaethics

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Material Information

Title: Moral Psychology, Ethical Relativism, and Blackburn's Metaethics
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Kemper, Rudo
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Moral Psychology
Ethical Relativism
Metaethics
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

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Abstract: The central question guiding my thesis is whether moral psychology bears implications for metaethical theories. Specifically, I investigate whether Simon Blackburn's neo-Humean sentimentalist moral psychology impacts the capacity of his metaethical expressivism to have an answer for various worries of ethical relativism. To prepare for this task, I first spend some time teasing out and elaborating different varieties of ethical relativism, laying out Blackburn's metaethical view of quasi-realistic expressivism, and explaining Blackburn's own response to ethical relativism from the perspective of his view. I then spend a substantial amount of time on the sentimentalist moral psychology that undergirds his metaethics, exploring in detail several of his notions and arguing that his moral psychology is insufficient without an account of identity-formation, an account which I then supply. I utilize my proposed revisions to Blackburn's moral psychology to argue that his response to relativism has important dialectical limitations, but that these limitations are beneficial, rather than problematic, for his metaethical theory.
Statement of Responsibility: by Rudo Kemper
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Edidin, Aron

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Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 K3
System ID: NCFE003949:00001

Permanent Link: http://ncf.sobek.ufl.edu/NCFE003949/00001

Material Information

Title: Moral Psychology, Ethical Relativism, and Blackburn's Metaethics
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Creator: Kemper, Rudo
Publisher: New College of Florida
Place of Publication: Sarasota, Fla.
Creation Date: 2008
Publication Date: 2008

Subjects

Subjects / Keywords: Moral Psychology
Ethical Relativism
Metaethics
Genre: bibliography   ( marcgt )
theses   ( marcgt )
government publication (state, provincial, terriorial, dependent)   ( marcgt )
born-digital   ( sobekcm )
Electronic Thesis or Dissertation

Notes

Abstract: The central question guiding my thesis is whether moral psychology bears implications for metaethical theories. Specifically, I investigate whether Simon Blackburn's neo-Humean sentimentalist moral psychology impacts the capacity of his metaethical expressivism to have an answer for various worries of ethical relativism. To prepare for this task, I first spend some time teasing out and elaborating different varieties of ethical relativism, laying out Blackburn's metaethical view of quasi-realistic expressivism, and explaining Blackburn's own response to ethical relativism from the perspective of his view. I then spend a substantial amount of time on the sentimentalist moral psychology that undergirds his metaethics, exploring in detail several of his notions and arguing that his moral psychology is insufficient without an account of identity-formation, an account which I then supply. I utilize my proposed revisions to Blackburn's moral psychology to argue that his response to relativism has important dialectical limitations, but that these limitations are beneficial, rather than problematic, for his metaethical theory.
Statement of Responsibility: by Rudo Kemper
Thesis: Thesis (B.A.) -- New College of Florida, 2008
Electronic Access: RESTRICTED TO NCF STUDENTS, STAFF, FACULTY, AND ON-CAMPUS USE
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references.
Source of Description: This bibliographic record is available under the Creative Commons CC0 public domain dedication. The New College of Florida, as creator of this bibliographic record, has waived all rights to it worldwide under copyright law, including all related and neighboring rights, to the extent allowed by law.
Local: Faculty Sponsor: Edidin, Aron

Record Information

Source Institution: New College of Florida
Holding Location: New College of Florida
Rights Management: Applicable rights reserved.
Classification: local - S.T. 2008 K3
System ID: NCFE003949:00001

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