Critical Discussion of David Velleman, Foundations for Moral Relativism, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2013. Pp. x +109. Price: £12.95.

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    One may surmise that this ‘companion in innocence’ style of argument may carry over to semantic realism as well. But I cannot afford the space to explain this surmise here.

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    Such self-defeat arguments go all the way back to Plato’s Theatetus. For some contemporary discussion see Boghossian (2007), Blackburn (2006) and Cuneo (2007).

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    See Cuneo (2007) about this and Cuneo and Kyriacou (MS).

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    Compare Enoch (2013) who insists on the ‘just too different intuition’ about the natural and the normative.

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    See for example the discussion in Midgley (2008).

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    Of course, indirectly, Velleman admits of pragmatic moral black holes that interconnect local moralities by means of the mutual interpretability standard of progress.

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    It is a difficult matter how to explain such reliability, especially given our evolutionary history (cf. Street (2006), but that is an independent question. For a response to the challenge see Enoch (2013).

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Kyriacou, C. Critical Discussion of David Velleman, Foundations for Moral Relativism, UK: Open Book Publishers, 2013. Pp. x +109. Price: £12.95.. Ethic Theory Moral Prac 18, 209–214 (2015). https://doi.org/10.1007/s10677-014-9527-7

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