The ramifications of error theories about the deontic

Andric, Vuko

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Document Type: Article
Year of publication: 2015
The title of a journal, publication series: Acta Analytica
Volume: 30
Issue number: 4
Page range: 429-445
Place of publication: Heidelberg [u.a.]
Publishing house: Springer
ISSN: 0353-5150 ; 1874-6349
Publication language: English
Institution: School of Humanities > Philosophie II (Gesang 2009-)
Subject: 100 Philosophy
Keywords (English): Moral error theory ; Deontic morality ; Values ; Consequentialism ; Ishtiyaque Haji
Abstract: Error theories about practical deontic judgements claim that no substantive practical deontic judgement is true. Practical deontic judgements are practical (rather than theoretical) in the sense that they concern actions (rather than beliefs), and they are deontic (rather than evaluative) in the sense that they are about reasons, rightness, wrongness, and obligations (rather than about goodness, badness, and so on). This paper assumes the truth of an error theory about practical deontic judgements in order to examine its ramifications. I defend three contentions. The first is that, if so-called fitting-attitude analyses of value fail, the truth of some substantive evaluative judgements would not be threatened by the fact that no substantive practical deontic judgment is true. Secondly, in light of the truth of these evaluative judgements, the best thing we could do is to continue to make practical deontic judgements despite the truth of an error theory about practical deontic judgements. My third contention is that, if some evaluative judgements are unaffected by an error theory about practical deontic judgements, then such an error theory will eventually lead us to some version of consequentialism.

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