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dc.contributorMitchell, Samuel
dc.contributorRachootin, Stan
dc.contributor.advisorHarold, James
dc.contributor.advisorVavova, Ekaterina
dc.contributor.authorBorgnis, Catherine
dc.date.accessioned2016-06-30T16:08:48Z
dc.date.available2016-06-30T16:08:48Z
dc.date.issued2016-06-30
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10166/3906
dc.description.abstractGiven the inherently complex nature of morality, it is often difficult to know which metaethical guide to follow. This project aims to pacify the debate and identify worthy metaethical theories. I begin by exploring three prominent theories: realism, relativism, and constructivism. To aid in this exploration, I rely on four prominent moral philosophers, Russ Shafer-Landau, Gilbert Harman, Sharon Street, and Christine Korsgaard. Once the initial exploration is complete, I present the guidelines I use to test the metaethical theories against. Those guidelines, which I call the ‘Appeals’, are the Appeal to Knowledge, the Appeal to Universality, and the Appeal to Intuition. Once we have an understanding of both the theories and the Appeals, the metaethical guides are put to the test. The proverbial ‘last man standing’ should represent the best guide to the moral life we seek.en_US
dc.description.sponsorshipPhilosophyen_US
dc.language.isoen_USen_US
dc.subjectMetaethicsen_US
dc.subjectRealismen_US
dc.subjectRelativismen_US
dc.subjectConstructivismen_US
dc.titleMetaethics: A Guide to Three Theoriesen_US
dc.typeThesis
dc.date.gradyear2016en_US
mhc.institutionMount Holyoke College
mhc.degreeUndergraduateen_US
dc.rights.restrictedpublicen_US


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