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Moral Realism: A Defence

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Moral Realism is a systematic defence of the idea that there are objective moral standards. Russ Shafer-Landau argues that there are moral principles that are true independently of what anyone, anywhere, happens to think of them. His central thesis, as well as the many novel supporting arguments used to defend it, will spark much controversy among those concerned with the ...more
Paperback, 322 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published June 19th 2003)
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Paul
Jun 21, 2008 Paul rated it really liked it
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This is a very detailed and fresh defense of moral realism - the position that there is a moral reality that people are trying to represent when they issue judgments about right, wrong, good, bad, etc., and is stance-independent, i.e., truths that obtain independently of a preferred perspective. Stated another way, there are moral truths that are true independent of what anyone happens to think of them.

Shafer-Landau offers some very good critiques of various non-realist positions and also a popu
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If there is an aspect to contemporary metaethics whose prospects are especially hopeless and unconvincing, and if you want to read a book that can help you to make a conclusion about the antecedent of that opening conditional, then you should read this book. Shafer-Landau’s defense of moral realism is as flaccid as the moral realism he tries to defend. The many deep wounds I received from reading this book are still too fresh to allow me to face them in too much detail here, but the primary grou ...more
Soha Bayoumi
Jul 31, 2011 Soha Bayoumi rated it liked it
Probably a fair assessment of moral realism, but the author sometimes keeps ruminating about the same argument for pages, without an actual added value... Some of the arguments are not perfectly convincing!
Tyler Hurst
Mar 25, 2016 Tyler Hurst rated it really liked it
A philosophically rich treatment of morality and the existence of knowable moral facts.
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