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Journal of Philosophical Research

Volume 15, 1990

Panayot Butchvarov
Pages 1-14
DOI: 10.5840/jpr_1990_11

The Demand for Justification in Ethics

The common belief that the epistemic credentials of ethics are quite questionable, and therefore in need of special justification, is an illusion made possible by the logical gap between reason and belief. This gap manifests itself sometimes even outside ethics. In ethics its manifestations are common, because of the practical nature of ethics. The attempt to cover it up takes the form of exorbitant demands for justification and often leads to espousing noncognitivism.