Chapter 1. Introduction

  1. Matthew H. Kramer

Published Online: 24 APR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444310641.ch1

Moral Realism as a Moral Doctrine

Moral Realism as a Moral Doctrine

How to Cite

Kramer, M. H. (2009) Introduction, in Moral Realism as a Moral Doctrine, Wiley-Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444310641.ch1

Author Information

  1. Cambridge, England, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 24 APR 2009
  2. Published Print: 10 APR 2009

Book Series:

  1. New Directions in Ethics

Book Series Editors:

  1. Marcia Baron2 and
  2. Michael Slote3

Series Editor Information

  1. 2

    Indiana University, USA

  2. 3

    University of Miami, USA

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405194020

Online ISBN: 9781444310641



  • moral requirements and other elements of ethics - strongly objective in a number of senses and objectivity of ethics rests primarily on ethical considerations;
  • ethical objectivity and aiming to dispel doubts about ethical objectivity;
  • delineating the different dimensions of ethical objectivity;
  • all moral propositions - ethical propositions, but not vice versa;
  • reign of supervenience in ethical realm - entirely neutral logically in debates over concrete ethical issues;
  • meta-ethical theses - distinctive in specific issues which they address;
  • ascribing high levels of abstractness to meta-ethical theses;
  • two senses of “ethics” or “morality”;
  • all dimensions of ethical objectivity – charting of requirements and implications, key tasks of meta-ethical theory


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Two Preliminary Clarifications

  • Two Senses of “Ethics” or “Morality”

  • A Brief Conspectus