Speech and Morality

Speech and Morality : On the Metaethical Implications of Speaking

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Terence Cuneo develops a novel line of argument for moral realism. The argument he defends hinges on the normative theory of speech, according to which speech acts are generated by an agent's altering her normative position with regard to her audience, gaining rights, responsibilities, and obligations of certain kinds. Some of these rights, responsibilities, and obligations, Cuneo suggests, are moral. And these moral features are best understood along realist lines,
in part because they explain how it is that we can speak. If this is right, a necessary condition of being able to speak is that there are moral rights, responsibilities, and obligations of a broadly realist sort.
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  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 162 x 234 x 15mm | 444g
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0198823258
  • 9780198823254
  • 1,066,256

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Positive arguments in favor of moral realism are not wildly abundant. Cuneo has provided us with one that is bold, highly original, clearly argued, broad in its sweep and rich in detail. His book is compulsory reading for anyone interested in the nature of moral truth. * Australasian Journal of Philosophy * this is a superb book, original and highly rigorous, and one that rewards repeated reading. * James Edwin Mahon, Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews * [T]he emphasis on the normative dimensions of speech and its consequences for metaethics are highly interesting and deserve closer investigation. Cuneo's book is a fine start. * John Eriksson, Ethic *
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About Terence Cuneo

Terence Cuneo is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Vermont. In addition to having published a wide array of essays in the foundations of ethics, the history of philosophy, and the philosophy of religion, Cuneo's books include The Normative Web: An Argument for Moral Realism (OUP, 2007), which was awarded Honorable Mention, American Philosophical Association Biennial Book Prize 2007-2009, Foundations of Ethics (edited with Russ
Shafer-Landau; Blackwell, 2007), and The Cambridge Companion to Thomas Reid (edited with Rene van Woudenberg; CUP, 2004).
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