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Moral Realism as a Moral Doctrine

ISBN: 978-1-4443-1063-4
400 pages
March 2009, Wiley-Blackwell
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In this major new work, Matthew Kramer seeks to establish two main conclusions. On the one hand, moral requirements are strongly objective. On the other hand, the objectivity of ethics is itself an ethical matter that rests primarily on ethical considerations. Moral realism - the doctrine that morality is indeed objective - is a moral doctrine.
  • Major new volume in our new series New Directions in Ethics
  • Takes on the big picture - defending the objectivity of ethics whilst rejecting the grounds of much of the existing debate between realists and anti-realists
  • Cuts across both ethical theory and metaethics
  • Distinguished by the quality of the scholarship and its ambitious range
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Preface.

1. Introduction.

2. Mind-Independence.

3. Determinate Correctness.

4. Uniform Applicability.

5. Invariance.

6. Transindividual Concurrence.

7. Impartiality.

8. Truth-Aptitude.

9. Further Dimensions of Ethical Objectivity?

10. Supervenience as an Ethical Phenomenon.

References.

Index.

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Matthew H. Kramer is Professor of Legal and Political Philosophy at the University of Cambridge; Fellow of Churchill College, Cambridge; and Director of the Cambridge Forum for Legal & Political Philosophy. His many previous books include The Quality of Freedom (2003); Where Law and Morality Meet (2004); and Objectivity and the Rule of Law (2007). He is also a co-editor of three books, most recently Freedom: A Philosophical Anthology (Blackwell, 2007); and The Legacy of H.L.A. Hart: Legal, Political, and Moral Philosophy (2008). His work covers many areas of moral, political, and legal philosophy.
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  • Major new volume in our new series New Directions in Ethics
  • Takes on the big picture - defending the objectivity of ethics whilst rejecting the grounds of much of the existing debate between realists and anti-realists
  • Cuts across both ethical theory and metaethics
  • Distinguished by the quality of the scholarship and its ambitious range
See More
"Kramer's main point is a provocative one with potentially far-reaching consequences. His detailed discussions are rich, insightful and often lead the reader in surprising
directions. Moral Realism as a Moral Doctrine deserves much attention." (Australasian Journal of Philosophy, October 2010)

"The book is clearly laid out; it will be understandable to advanced undergraduates, but its main audience is graduate students and beyond." (CHOICE, November 2009)

“Kramer's book sets a new standard in metaethics. For those who reject moral realism, the challenge is now to say what is objectionable about it, given Kramer's robust understanding of objectivity and his minimal conception of moral properties. For those who embrace a more robust moral realism, the challenge is to identify something important that Kramer cannot accommodate. Less convoluted and more forthright than others who have tried to combine realism and minimalism, this book constitutes a new 'cutting edge'.”--Paul Bloomfield, University of Connecticut

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