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Res Philosophica

Volume 91, Issue 4, October 2014

Moral Nonnaturalism

Justin Morton, Eric Sampson
Pages 609-627
DOI: 10.11612/resphil.2014.91.4.4

Parsimony and the Argument from Queerness

In his recent book Error Theory: History, Critique, Defence, Jonas Olson attempts to revive the argument from queerness originally made famous by J. L. Mackie. In this paper, we do three things. First, we eliminate four untenable formulations of the argument. Second, we argue that the most plausible formulation is one that depends crucially upon considerations of parsimony. Finally, we evaluate this formulation of the argument. We conclude that it is unproblematic for proponents of moral nonnaturalism—the target of the argument from queerness.

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