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The Routledge Handbook of Metaethics

1st Edition

Edited by Tristram McPherson, David Plunkett


698 pages

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This Handbook surveys the contemporary state of the burgeoning field of metaethics. Forty-four chapters, all written exclusively for this volume, provide expert introductions to:

    • the central research programs that frame metaethical discussions
    • the central explanatory challenges, resources, and strategies that inform contemporary work in those research programs
    • debates over the status of metaethics, and the appropriate methods to use in metaethical inquiry

This is essential reading for anyone with a serious interest in metaethics, from those coming to it for the first time to those actively pursuing research in the field.


"This is a superb collection, edited by two of the leading lights in the field. This volume provides a splendid view of the rich and varied terrain of contemporary metaethics, with contributions by an all-star roster of philosophers. Those looking to familiarize themselves with what is happening in metaethics today need look no further than this immensely helpful handbook."

--Russ Shafer-Landau, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"This is an extremely valuable, comprehensive volume of essays on metaethics. The contributors, whether veterans or new voices, provide knowledgeable and original perspectives on just about every aspect of contemporary metaethical theory."

-Jamie Dreier, Brown University

Table of Contents





Introduction: The Nature and Explanatory Ambitions of Metaethics

Tristram McPherson, and David Plunkett

I.       Central Organizing Options in Metaethics

  1. Non-Naturalistic Realism in Metaethics

    David Enoch

  2. Naturalistic Realism in Metaethics

    Peter Railton

  3. Error Theory in Metaethics

    Jonas Olson

  4. Fictionalism in Metaethics

    Richard Joyce

  5. Metaethical Expressivism

    Elisabeth Camp

  6. Metaethical Contextualism

    Alex Silk

  7. Metaethical Relativism

    Isidora Stojanovic

  8. II.    Central Problems and Strategies in Metaethics

  9. Realism and Objectivity

    Billy Dunaway

  10. Metaphysical Relations in Metaethics

    Gideon Rosen

  11. The Supervenience Challenge to Non-Naturalism

    Pekka Väyrynen

  12. Vagueness and Indeterminacy in Ethics

    Tom Dougherty

  13. Deontic Modals

    Jennifer Carr

  14. Thick Concepts

    Debbie Roberts

  15. The Frege-Geach Problem

    Jack Woods

  16. Hybrid Accounts of Ethical Thought and Talk

    Teemu Toppinen

  17. Conceptual Role Accounts of Meaning in Metaethics

    Matthew Chrisman

  18. The Significance of Ethical Disagreement for Theories of Ethical Thought and Talk

    Gunnar Björnsson

  19. Cognitivism and Non-Cognitivism

    Matthew S. Bedke

  20. Ethical Judgment and Motivation

    David Faraci and Tristram McPherson

  21. Reasons Internalism

    Errol Lord and David Plunkett

  22. The Wrong Kind of Reasons

    Howard Nye

  23. Mind-Dependence and Moral Realism

    Connie S. Rosati

  24. Constitutivism

    Michael Smith

  25. Constructivism

    Melissa Barry

  26. Normativity and Agency

    Hille Paakkunainen

  27. Mores and Morals: Metaethics and the Social World

    Kenneth Walden

  28. The Autonomy of Ethics

    Barry Maguire

  29. Explanatory Challenges in Metaethics

    Joshua Schechter

  30. Ethical Expertise

    Karen Jones and Francois Schroeter

  31. Intuitionism in Moral Epistemology

    Elizabeth Tropman

  32. Moral Scepticism

    Matt Lutz and Jacob Ross

  33. The Epistemic Significance of Moral Disagreement

    Dustin Locke

  34. III. The status and methodology of metaethics

  35. Metasemantics and Metaethics

    Laura Schroeter and Francois Schroeter

  36. Conceptual Analysis in Metaethics

    Nicholas Laskowski and Stephen Finlay

  37. Ethics and Morality

    Stephen Darwall

  38. The Varieties of Normativity

    Derek Baker

  39. Pragmatism and Metaethics

    Andrew Sepielli

  40. Feminism and Metaethics

    Amia Srinivasan

  41. Experimental Philosophy and Moral Theory

    Chandra Sripada

  42. Quasi-realism

    Terence Cuneo

  43. Metaethical Quietism

    Karl Schafer and Doug Kremm

  44. Methodological Naturalism in Metaethics  

    Daniel Nolan

  45. Normative Ethics and Metaethics  

    Mark Schroeder


About the Editors

Tristram McPherson is Associate Professor of Philosophy at the Ohio State University.

David Plunkett is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Dartmouth College.

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