April 10, 2014, 4:30pm-6:00pm, McLaren 250
Jesse Steinberg is a 2001 USF Philosophy alum and is now a Faculty
Associate in the Philosophy Department at University of Wisconsin,
A Modal Argument for Moral Truths
Consider the following moral claims: “It’s wrong to punt a
puppy just for fun.” “Raul did something morally good when he donated money to
Oxfam.” “If two people commit the same crime, they should be punished
similarly.” According to some moral antirealists, none of these claims are true.
In fact, they think that there aren't any true moral claims. I
argue that this is a mistake and that we should instead think that there
are moral truths. My argument resembles the modal ontological argument for the
existence of God.
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