Department of Philosophy
ONLINE JOINT SEMINAR
The University of Hong Kong
National University of Singapore
Metaphysically Heavyweight, Normatively Lightweight:
A Defense of Non-Ardent Non-Naturalism
3 November 2022
My aim in this talk is to articulate and defend a metanormative viewthat, as far as I know, has not yet received sustained attention. I call itnon-ardent non-naturalism. The view is non-naturalist in that it claims that moral facts, and normative facts more generally, differ in kind from those studied by the sciences. It is non-ardent in that it denies that “reality itself favors certain ways [of] acting” (Eklund 2017). This overlooked alternative, I will argue, offers an attractive reconciliation of realist and anti-realist intuitions about normative language, thought, and reality.