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Contents: Symposium on Hilary Putnam, Ethics with out Ontology Sami PIHLSTR?–M: Putnam's perception of Ontology Joseph MARGOLIS: Hilary Putnam and the Promise of Pluralism Mark TIMMONS: moral Objectivity Humanly talking: Reflections on Putnam's Ethics with out Ontology David COPP: The Ontology of Putnam's Ethics with no Ontology Claudine TIERCELIN: Metaphysics with no Ontology? Hilary PUTNAM: Replies to Commentators Articles: Scott R. STROUD: developing a Deweyan idea of ethical Cultivation Hugh G. MCDONALD: inventive Actualization: A Pluralist concept of price Robert LANE: Synechistic Bioethics: A Peircean View of the ethical prestige of Pre-Birth people publication studies: David VESSEY: assessment of Paul Fairfield, Theorizing Praxis: reports in Hermeneutical Pragmatism Kevin W. grey: evaluate of William Egginton and Mike Sandbothe, eds., The Pragmatic flip in Philosophy: modern Engagements among Analytic and Continental proposal
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For present purposes, I shall take moral naturalism to be the view, roughly, that moral truth can be given a naturalistic explanation. Non-naturalism denies that moral truth can be given a naturalistic explanation. For present purposes, we can take it that a naturalistic explanation of moral truth would be an “empirical” explanation. A naturalist might say, for example, that moral properties such as rightness and wrongness, goodness and badness, are “nothing but” empirical properties, that moral claims ascribe empirical properties.
12. For defense of this claim see Horgan and Timmons 2006b. 13. Gibbard 2001, 21. Gibbard attributes this remark to Wilfrid Sellars. 14. See especially Putnam 2002, chap. 2. REFERENCES Gibbard, Allan. 2001. Thinking How to Live. : Harvard University Press. Horgan, Terence, and Mark Timmons. (2000) “Nondecriptivist Cognitivism: Outline of a New Metaethic,” Philosophical Papers 29, 121–153. ———. (2002) “Conceptual Relativity and Metaphysical Realism,” Philosophical Issues 12, 74–96. ———. 2006a. “Cognitivist Expressivism,” in Metaethics After Moore, ed.
It doesn’t follow, however, that no question about what exists is factual or that all questions about what exists are empty in the way that Putnam thinks the question whether mereological sums exist is empty. It doesn’t follow, for example, that atheism is false or that it is an empty thesis, nor does it follow that energy is irreducible (139 n. 1). So it doesn’t follow that all forms of eliminationism and reductionism must be abandoned. The most that follows, it seems to me, is that, to avoid error, Ontologizing needs to bear in mind the complications of conceptual pluralism and conceptual relativity.