Res Philosophica 91 (4):609-627 (2014)

Eric Sampson
Rhodes College
Justin Morton
University of California, Davis
In his recent book Error Theory: History, Critique, Defence, Jonas Olson attempts to revive the argument from queerness originally made famous by J.L. Mackie. In this paper, we do three things. First, we eliminate four untenable formulations of the argument. Second, we argue that the most plausible formulation is one that depends crucially upon considerations of parsimony. Finally, we evaluate this formulation of the argument. We conclude that it is unproblematic for proponents of moral non-naturalism—the target of the argument from queerness.
Keywords Moral Error Theory  Moral Nonnaturalism  Parsimony  Metaethics  Moral Realism  Normative Error Theory  Error Theory  Argument from Queerness  Queerness
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DOI 10.11612/resphil.2014.91.4.4
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