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Comparative Metaethics
Neglected Perspectives on the Foundations of Morality

Edited By

Colin Marshall





ISBN 9780429435164
Published October 10, 2019 by Routledge
272 Pages

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Book Description

This collection of original essays explores metaethical views from outside the mainstream European tradition. The guiding motivation is that important discussions about the ultimate nature of morality can be found far beyond ancient Greece and modern Europe. The volume’s aim is to show how rich the possibilities are for comparative metaethics, and how much these comparisons offer challenges and new perspectives to contemporary analytic metaethics. Representing five continents, the thinkers discussed range from ancient Egyptian, ancient Chinese, and the Mexican (Aztec) cultures to more recent thinkers like Augusto Salazar Bondy, Bimal Krishna Matilal, Nishida Kitarō, and Susan Sontag. The philosophical topics discussed include religious language, moral discovery, moral disagreement, essences’ relation to evaluative facts, metaphysical harmony and moral knowledge, naturalism, moral perception, and quasi-realism. This volume will be of interest to anyone interested in metaethics or comparative philosophy.

Table of Contents

Introduction



Colin Marshall



Part 1: Moral Metaphysics



1. The Metaethics of Maat



Kevin DeLapp



2. The Groundedness of Normativity or Indigenous Normativity through the Land



Brian Yazzie Burkhart



3. The Nature of Mexica Ethics



James Maffie



4. Etemeyaske Vpokat (Living Together Peacefully): How the Muscogee Concept of Harmony Can Provide a Structure to Morality



Joseph Len Miller



5. Species and the Good in Anne Conway’s Metaethics



John Grey



6. The Art of Convention: An Aesthetic Defense of Confucian Ritual



Irene Liu



7. Matilal’s Metaethics



Nicolas Bommarito and Alex King



Part 2: Moral Experience



8. Goblet Words and Moral Knack: Non-Cognitivist Moral Realism in the Zhuangzi?



Christopher Kirby



9. Constructing Morality with Mengzi: Three Lessons on the Metaethics of Moral Progress



Jing Hu and Seth Robertson



10. Nishida Kitarō’s Kōiteki Chokkan: Active Intuition and Contemporary Metaethics



Laura Specker Sullivan



11. Augusto Salazar Bondy’s Philosophy of Value



Clark Donley



12. Sontag on Impertinent Sympathy and Photographs of Evil



Sean T. Murphy

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Biography

Colin Marshall is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington, USA. His research focuses on the intersection of historical and contemporary philosophy of mind and metaethics. He is the author of Compassionate Moral Realism (2018).