[ExI] The empirical case for moral realism

Robin D Hanson rhanson at gmu.edu
Wed Oct 28 11:21:34 UTC 2015

On Oct 26, 2015, at 2:08 AM, Dan TheBookMan <danust2012 at gmail.com<mailto:danust2012 at gmail.com>> wrote:


Abstract: "Debunking skeptics claim that our moral beliefs are formed by processes unsuited to identifying objective facts, such as emotions inculcated by our genes and culture; therefore, they say, even if there are objective moral facts, we probably don’t know them. I argue that the debunking skeptics cannot explain the pervasive trend toward liberalization of values over human history, and that the best explanation is the realist’s: humanity is becoming increasingly liberal because liberalism is the objectively correct moral stance."

And Huemer means by liberalism a sort of broad approach moral equality (in other words, no double standards), respect for individuals, and restraints on violence/coercion.

Thanks for the pointer; I blogged about the article here:
(The author responded some in comments.)

Robin Hanson  http://hanson.gmu.edu
Res. Assoc., Future of Humanity Inst., Oxford Univ.
Assoc. Professor, George Mason University
Chief Scientist, Consensus Point
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