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Affording Moral Realism
Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, November 14, 2007 - 8:00pm
PSU Department of Philosophy presents a
Socratic Society Event
Smith Student Union #296
Wednesday, November 14, 2007

6:00-8:00 PM

Affording Moral Realism
William A. Rottschaefer
Department of Philosophy
Lewis and Clark College


Moral realism seems a very costly metaethical item, burdened with
metaphysical, epistemic and psychological queerness. Perhaps appealing,
but unaffordable. I sketch a scientifically based affordable moral
realism using the psychological theory of affordances, illustrating it
with an affordance-based account of moral emotions. By understanding
moral realities as affordances -- what the environment offers an agent
for good or ill -- one eliminates the sorts of queerness that burden
other versions of moral realism and reaps the benefits of a place within
a scientific account of cognitive and motivational capacities, thus
gaining advantage over its competitors. That's a bargain all students
of metaethics should affordable. **