Philosophical Studies

, Volume 173, Issue 7, pp 1983–2010 | Cite as

A liberal realist answer to debunking skeptics: the empirical case for realism

  • Michael HuemerEmail author


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.


Moral realism Evolution Moral skepticism Liberalism Liberalization Debunking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Philosophy Department, CB 232University of ColoradoBoulderUSA

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