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Title: Theory-Indexed Moral Contextualism
Authors: Suarez, Pyro
Keywords: Moral twin-earthMoral contextualismMoral disagreementsVerbal disagreementsMoral externalism
Issue Date: 2021
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Pyro Suarez, "Theory-Indexed Moral Contextualism", in "Esercizi Filosofici 16, 2021, pp. 59-70
Journal: Esercizi Filosofici 
One way to understand the nature of our moral disagreements is to study the meaning of moral discourse. Nonetheless, Metaethical Theories that account for these disagreements face important challenges. For instance, if our theory of moral terms assigns them a reference too specifically related to a contextual parameter, we might be ruling out the substantiality of moral disagreements (e.g., while ‘To eat people is wrong’ is plausibly true relative to our culture, it’d be false for a community of cannibals). This paper (1) explores the theoretical room for a contextualist account of moral terms that models the substantiality of moral disagreements; (2) sketches the characterization of the contextual parameter these terms’ meaning is sensitive to; and (3) shows the tools this account has to avoid reducing moral disagreements to merely linguistic ones.
Type: Article
eISSN: 1970-0164
Rights: Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 Internazionale
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