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Moral and moorean incoherencies
University of Barcelona.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-4592-9783
Umeå University, Faculty of Arts, Department of historical, philosophical and religious studies.
2023 (English)In: Ergo: An Open Access Journal of Philosophy, E-ISSN 2330-4014, Vol. 10, article id 35Article in journal (Refereed) Published
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It has been argued that moral assertions involve the possession, on the part of the speaker, of appropriate non-cognitive attitudes. Thus, uttering ‘murder is wrong’ invites an inference that the speaker disapproves of murder. In this paper, we present the result of 4 empirical studies concerning this phenomenon. We assess the acceptability of constructions in which that inference is explicitly canceled, such as ‘murder is wrong but I don’t disapprove of it’; and we compare them to similar constructions involving ‘think’ instead of ‘disapprove’—that is, Moore paradoxes (‘murder is wrong but I don’t think that it is wrong’). Our results indicate that the former type of constructions are largely infelicitous, although not as infelicitous as their Moorean counterparts.

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University of Michigan Press, 2023. Vol. 10, article id 35
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-217365DOI: 10.3998/ergo.4665OAI: oai:DiVA.org:umu-217365DiVA, id: diva2:1815985
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EU, Horizon 2020Swedish Research Council, 2019-02905Available from: 2023-11-30 Created: 2023-11-30 Last updated: 2023-12-01Bibliographically approved

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