SOPhiA 2017

Salzburgiense Concilium Omnibus Philosophis Analyticis

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Indeterminacy is Not a Problem for Robust Moral Realism
(Ethics, English)

My aim in this paper is to make indeterminacy compatible with robust moral realism. I first reformulate some of the tenets of robust moral realism by adopting truthmaker theory. The motivation behind adopting the truthmaker theory is to emphasize metaphysical existence of moral facts and properties rather than focusing on semantic or epistemic notions of truths and beliefs. I point out that since indeterminacy is a problem due to its role in prevalent moral disagreement and vagueness, robust moral realists need to take indeterminacy seriously. I argue that metaphysical indeterminacy, semantic indeterminacy, and epistemic indeterminacy are all compatible with the tenets of robust moral realism. Metaphysical indeterminacy is compatible with robust moral realism through adopting Elizabeth Barnes's (2010) model of ontic indeterminacy which holds strongly to the main tenets of moral realism, especially the principle of excluded middle. Semantic indeterminacy is compatible with robust moral realism because, even though semantic indeterminacy is in conflict with some of the less important tenets of robust moral realism, the main tenets are not threatened. Epistemic indeterminacy is compatible with robust moral realism because some of the moral truths are unknowable.

Chair: Katharina Anna Sodoma
Time: 14:30-15:00, 14 September 2017 (Thursday)
Location: SR 1.007

Jiwon Kim 
(University of St Andrews, United Kingdom)

Jiwon Kim is a graduate student at a department of Philosophy at University of St Andrews. She is interested in metaethics and normative ethics, especially with the concepts of moral truth, the connections between relationship and normativity, value and reasons, and moral vagueness. She has spoken at a number of international workshops and conferences about Humean expressivst account of blame, truth in contractualism, and ethics of artificial intelligence.

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