Moralische Beobachtung und andere Arten ethischer Erkenntnis – Précis

Zeitschrift für Philosophische Forschung 64 (4):579-583 (2010)
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My first claim is about ethical knowledge. There are moral "observations sentences" (according to Quine's definition); example: "This is visibly wrong". My second claim is about radical translation of moral discourse. When interpreting another culture's moral observation sentences, we cannot (pace Davidson) rely on the principle of charity to maximize agreement concerning content and truth of moral statements. Rather, the principle must be combined with the slogan that meaning is use; in this generalized version, the principle maximizes agreement concerning the action-guiding function of moral statements. The natives cannot always act against their moral statements. This repudiates amoralism.

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