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Blackburn & Ellis - Naturalism and Ethics - Q&As

(Text as at 18/12/2010 19:58:05)

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  1. This was a follow-up session1 to Blackburn2 and Ward3.
  2. Gerry Hughes: chaired the Session, and started off with a question of Simon Blackburn – is there room for value in expanded naturalism?
  3. Simon Blackburn: We don’t reify valuing to give values. We can explain what we value naturally. Beware of nouns!
  4. Can we get things morally wrong? Yes – examples given; but there’s a distinction between alleged values and correct values.
  5. Languages and practices – keeping what matters – Wittgenstein and Durkheim.
  6. John Robinson was not an atheist, and not an anti-realist.
  7. There are moral facts, but not moral properties.



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Footnote 1: My notes are not very full, and my memory of the session is now substantially gone. So, this write-up gives a flavour only.


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