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Theoria. Revista de Teoría, Historia y Fundamentos de la Ciencia

Volume 16, Issue 2, Mayo 2001

Eleonora Orlando
Pages 331-352

Abduction, Realism and Ethics

In this paper, I am concerned with the possibility of applying an abductive strategy in founding ethical realism. First, I criticize Harman’s position, according to which abduction, though useful for founding scientific realism, does not serve to found ethical realism. Secondly, I examine Sturgeon’s critique, according to which distinctively moral facts do constitute the best explanations of the moral evidence. Finally, I conclude that Sturgeon is right in as far as the ontological status of moral properties is concerned but his answer to Harman’s point is not properly developed.

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