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Contemporary Metaethics


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Preface Chapter 1 Introduction Chapter 2 Moore's Attack on Ethical Naturalism Chapter 3 Emotivism and the Rejection of Non-Naturalism Chapter 4 Blackburn's Quasi-Realism Chapter 5 Gibbard's Norm-Expressivism Chapter 6 Mackie's 'Error-theory', The Argument From Queerness and Moral Fictionalism Chapter 7 Judgement-Dependent Accounts of Moral Qualities Chapter 8 Naturalism I - Cornell Realism Chapter 9 Naturalism II - Reductionism Chapter 10 Contemporary Non-Naturalism - McDowell's Moral Realism Appendix: Sense, Reference, Semantic Value, and Truth-Conditions Bibliography

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Alexander Miller is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Otago.


"No student or teacher could want for a more knowledgable and lucidguide - essential reading for any moral philosopher who wants to betaken seriously." Morning Star "This remains the indispensable guide to the subject for advancedundergraduates, graduate students, and philosophers wanting to get'up to speed' on the issues." Brian Leiter, University of Chicago "For many years, the first edition of Alex Miller s AnIntroduction to Contemporary Metaethics has been the primarytext for my course on metaethics. No text that I know of introducesstudents so thoroughly to the central theories, distinctions andarguments. The second edition fills in the additional backgroundnow needed. In particular, the expansion of the chapter on errortheories is particularly welcome." Nadeem Hussain, Stanford University "Given its breadth, thoroughness, and originality, Miller's AnIntroduction to Contemporary Metaethics is compulsory readingfor everyone interested in metaethics. The updated material of thissecond edition guarantees that there will soon exist a secondgeneration of metaethicists for whom reading this book is aformative experience." Jussi Suikkanen, University of Birmingham Acclaim for the first edition: " An Introduction to Contemporary Metaethics provides for thefirst time a critical survey of famous figures in 20th Centurymetaethics together with in-depth discussions of contemporaryphilosophers and will be an invaluable resource for students,teachers and professional philosophers with interests incontemporary metaethics." Philosophical Inquiry "His discussion is always succinct, rigorous and lucid. The bookwill be very useful to upper-division undergraduates." Choice Magazine "A precise and accessible reading of a rather complicatedsubject." Syzetesis "In this book Alexander Miller, an established expert in moralphilosophy, provides a concise, clear and insightful account of thecentral issues of metaethics. He manages to make these difficultissues accessible to those who are new to this area of philosophy,while offering original contributions to the debates that will beof interest to experts in the field. This is an engaging andaccomplished introductory work." Philip Stratton-Lake, University of Reading "Miller s book is ambitious, lucid, and comprehensive an extremely useful and detailed study of the field. I wishit had been available when I taught my graduate seminar in moralrealism, for it would have made an excellent reference workthroughout the course both for its clear exposition and itsrigorous critical perspectives. I recommend it to all seriousstudents of metaethics." John Corvino, Wayne State University

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