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In The Myth of Morality, Richard Joyce argues that moral discourse is hopelessly flawed. At the heart of ordinary moral judgements is a notion of moral inescapability, or practical authority, which, upon investigation, cannot be reasonably defended. Joyce argues that natural selection is to blame, in that it has provided us with a tendency to invest the world with values that it does not contain, and demands that it does not make. Should we therefore do away with morality, as we did away with other faulty notions such as witches? Possibly not. We may be able to carry on with morality as a…mehr

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In The Myth of Morality, Richard Joyce argues that moral discourse is hopelessly flawed. At the heart of ordinary moral judgements is a notion of moral inescapability, or practical authority, which, upon investigation, cannot be reasonably defended. Joyce argues that natural selection is to blame, in that it has provided us with a tendency to invest the world with values that it does not contain, and demands that it does not make. Should we therefore do away with morality, as we did away with other faulty notions such as witches? Possibly not. We may be able to carry on with morality as a 'useful fiction' - allowing it to have a regulative influence on our lives and decisions, perhaps even playing a central role - while not committing ourselves to believing or asserting falsehoods, and thus not being subject to accusations of 'error'.

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  • Verlag: Cambridge University Press
  • Erscheinungstermin: 22. November 2001
  • Englisch
  • ISBN-13: 9780511029257
  • Artikelnr.: 38190215
Autorenporträt
The author was educated at a school in southern England. Following graduation from Trinity College, Cambridge, he made a working visit to Dallas, Texas, where, as a teacher, he obtained much of the background for his first novel, A Premature Affair, a personalised study of the events and repercussions surrounding the Kennedy assassination. He has worked in London as a freelance journalist, teacher and writer, and travelled and taught widely in Germany, the United States and Canada; it was during these assignments that he obtained experience of schools' theatre productions, particularly Shakespeare, and the difficulties and exhilaration inherent in them. He currently lives in Somerset, where he is working on the third part of his Kennedy trilogy.
Inhaltsangabe
Preface
1. Error theory and motivation
2. Error theory and reasons
3. Practical instrumentalism
4. The relativity of reasons
5. Internal and external reasons
6. Morality and evolution
7. Fictionalism
8. Moral fictionalism
Epilogue: debunking myths
Select bibliography
Index.