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Recent Work on Reflective Equilibrium and Method in Ethics
Uppsala University, Disciplinary Domain of Humanities and Social Sciences, Faculty of Arts, Department of Philosophy.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-4002-3007
2018 (English)In: Philosophy Compass, ISSN 1747-9991, E-ISSN 1747-9991Article in journal (Refereed) Epub ahead of print
Abstract [en]

The idea of reflective equilibrium (IRE) remains the most popular approach to questions about method in ethics, despite the masses of criticism it has been faced with over the years. Is this due to the availability of compelling responses to the criticisms? Or is it rather due to factors that are independent of its reasonableness? The aim of this paper is to provide support for the first answer. I particularly focus on the recent discussion. Some recent criticisms are related to certain general arguments regarding the possibility of knowledge in ethics that are currently intensely debated, such as the evolutionary debunking arguments. I argue that nothing that has come to light in that debate, or in the recent discussion about IRE more generally, decisively strengthens the case against it. If anything, the recent developments show that IRE deserves its present status.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2018.
Keywords [en]
Reflective equilibrium, moral methodology, Rawls, evolutionary debunking arguments, moral intuitions, experimental philosophy
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Ethics
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Practical Philosophy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-337967DOI: 10.1111/phc3.12493OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-337967DiVA, id: diva2:1171212
Available from: 2018-01-06 Created: 2018-01-06 Last updated: 2018-02-08

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