7. "Double Review" of On What Matters Volume Three by Derek Parfit and Does Anything Really Matter? Essays on Parfit on Objectivity edited by Peter Singer
[published draft] [penultimate draft]
Very Short Abstract: Over the course of summarizing Volume Three and Does Anything Really Matter?, I argue that Parfit does not give us strong reason to think that Naturalists, Expressivists, and Non-Realist Cognitivists agree.
Vert Short Abstract: I develop a new Hybrid account of the nature of normative concepts and use it to explain away the Reductivist-unfriendly "just too different" intuition.
Very Short Abstract: We critically survey, for a general philosophical audience, various positions on the nature, use, possession, and analysis of normative concepts, while highlighting some underappreciated problems for such positions along the way.
Very Short Abstract: After explaining why we cannot know the true normative ethical theory, I argue, in light of this, that we should rethink the commitments of Reductive Realism.
3. Non-Analytical Naturalism and the Nature of Normative Thought: A Reply to Parfit
Journal of Ethics and Social Philosophy (2015)
Very Short Abstract: I show that Derek Parfit's (2011) argument for the claim that Synthetic Reductivism is either false or incoherent fails.
Very Short Abstract: I argue that there are several unacknowledged premises that Stephen Finlay (2014) needs to derive Reductivism about the metaphysics of goodness from his semantics for 'good'.
Very Short Abstract: I summarize Cuneo's attempt to derive Non-Reductivism in ethics from the fact that we perform speech acts, and suggest, among other things, that Cuneo's book contains resources for offering a new challenge to expressivists.