Essays On Moral Realism Sayre Mccord

Geoffrey Sayre-McCord (né McCord, born December 10, 1956) is a philosopher who works in moral theory, meta-ethics, the history of ethics, and epistemology. He has written extensively in these areas. He is known especially for his work on moral realism and on David Hume's moral theory. He has also written on contractualism. His Essays on Moral Realism is widely used in undergraduate and graduate courses on meta-ethics and he was, for five years, a co-editor of the journal Noûs. Sayre-McCord received his BA from Oberlin College and his PhD (under the direction of David Gauthier) from the University of Pittsburgh. The recipient of several university-wide teaching awards, Sayre-McCord is the Morehead-Cain Alumni Distinguished Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Philosophy, Politics, and Economics Program at the University of North Carolina, where he has taught since 1985.


Some articles[edit]

  • "Coherence and Models for Moral Theorizing," Pacific Philosophical Quarterly (1985)
  • "Deontic Logic and the Priority of Moral Theory," Noûs (1986)
  • "The Many Moral Realisms," Southern Journal of Philosophy, Spindel Conference Supplement, (1986)
  • "Moral Theory and Explanatory Impotence," Midwest Studies (1988)
  • "Deception and Reasons to be Moral," American Philosophical Quarterly, (1989)
  • "Functional Explanations and Reasons as Causes," Philosophical Perspectives (1990)
  • "Being a Realist about Relativism," Philosophical Studies (1991)
  • "Normative Explanations," Philosophical Perspectives (1992)
  • "On Why Hume's General Point of View Isn't Ideal -- and Shouldn't Be," Social Philosophy and Policy (1994)
  • "Coherentist Epistemology and Moral Theory," in Moral Knowledge?, ed. by Sinnott-Armstrong and Timmons (1996)
  • "Hume and the Bauhaus Theory of Ethics," Midwest Studies (1996)
  • "Hume's Representation Argument Against Rationalism," Manuscrito (1997)
  • "The Meta-Ethical Problem," Ethics (1997)
  • "'Good' on Twin Earth," Philosophical Issues (1997)
  • "Contractarianism," Blackwell Guide to Ethical Theory (1999)
  • "Criminal Justice and Legal Reparations," Philosophical Issues (2001)
  • "Mill's 'Proof': A More than Half-Hearted Defense," Social Philosophy and Policy (2001)
  • "On the Relevance of Ignorance to the Demands of Morality," Rationality, Rules, and Ideals, ed. by Sinnott-Armstrong (2002)
  • "Moral Realism," Oxford Handbook of Moral Theory, ed. by Copp (2006)
  • "Moral Semantics and Empirical Enquiry," Moral Psychology, ed. by Sinnott-Armstrong (2008)
  • "Hume on Practical Morality and Inert Reason," Oxford Studies in Metaethics, ed. by Shafer-Landau (2008)
  • "Sentiments and Spectators: Adam Smith's Theory of Moral Judgment," The Philosophy of Adam Smith, ed. by Brown and Fleischacker (2010)

Edited volumes[edit]

  • Essays on Moral Realism (Cornell University Press, 1988)
  • Hume: Moral Philosophy (Hackett Publishing, 2006)

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For the greater part of this century, most philosophers and social scientists have eschewed moral realism. According to their view, moral facts cannot be accommodated by a suitably scientific picture of the world. However, recent developments in moral theory, the philosophy of science, and the philosophy of language have undermined the standard arguments against moral realism and have led many to maintain that there are powerful reasons for believing in moral facts. As a result, moral realism is enjoying renewed vitality, while the arguments against it have of necessity become more sophisticated and penetrating.

This collection of influential essays illustrates the range, depth, and importance of moral realism, the fundamental issues it raises, and the problems it faces. Geoffrey Sayre-McCord has chosen accessible, rigorous, and thought-provoking papers, all of which are rich enough to encourage and reward several readings and careful study. In addition, the volume strikes a balance between wide-ranging papers that advance a barrage of arguments, and more focused papers that develop a few arguments in great detail. What emerges is a comprehensive overview of the moral realism debate that exhibits the scope, as well as the intricacies, of the arguments marshaled on all sides. It will be welcomed by scholars and students of philosophy, the social sciences, and political science.

CONTRIBUTORS: A. J. Ayer, Simon Blackburn , Richard Boyd, Gilbert
Harman, Jonathan Lear,' J. L. Mackie, John McDowell, Mark Platts,
Geoffrey Sayre-McCord, Nicholas Sturgeon, David Wiggins, Bernard


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