Three Problems for the Evolutionary Debunking Argument

Oscar Davis, Damian Cox

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Abstract

In attempting to debunk moral realism through an appeal to evolutionary facts, debunkers face a series of problems, which we label the problems of scope, corrosiveness, and post-hoc justification. To overcome these problems, debunkers must assume certain metaphysical or epistemological positions, or otherwise pre-establish them. In doing so, they must assume or pre-establish the very conclusion they seek in advancing the argument. This means that such debunking arguments either beg the question against the moral realist or are undermined as standalone metaethical arguments.
Original languageEnglish
JournalRatio
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 22 Jul 2022

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