Ethical Theory and Moral Practice

, Volume 21, Issue 2, pp 445–447 | Cite as

Bart Streumer, Unbelievable Errors: An Error Theory About All Normative Judgements

Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017. ISBN 9780198785897. Pp. 223. £45.00 Hbk
  • Hallvard LillehammerEmail author

In The Philosophy of Logical Atomism, Bertrand Russell wrote that the point of philosophy is to start with something so simple as not to be worth stating only to end up with something so paradoxical that no one will believe it. In his aptly named Unbelievable Errors, Bart Streumer has produced an exemplary case of philosophy so described. Although like many of the memorable things that Russell wrote about philosophy and philosophers the above observation may have been made partly in jest, it is nevertheless worth being reminded that the art of generating paradox is nothing new in our discipline. There could in principle be as much to learn from studying Streumer’s argument for what he claims to be an unbelievable error theory as there was to learn, in Russell’s time, from studying such apparently paradoxical arguments as McTaggart’s proof of the unreality of time. Having said that, Streumer’s efforts to present his view as the inevitable consequence of undeniable premises do sometimes...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Birkbeck CollegeUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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