Meta-Ethical Realism with Good of a Kind
Article first published online: 4 MAY 2012
© 2012 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
European Journal of Philosophy
How to Cite
Blackman, R. D. (2012), Meta-Ethical Realism with Good of a Kind. European Journal of Philosophy. doi: 10.1111/j.1468-0378.2012.00533.x
- Article first published online: 4 MAY 2012
There is a difference between an object's being good simpliciter and an object's being good of its kind, and the vast majority of philosophers have supposed that it is the former variety of goodness that is relevant to ethics. I argue that one may be a meta-ethical realist while employing the notion of good of a kind to the exclusion of good simpliciter; I call such a view kindism. I distinguish between two varieties of kindism, explicate the details of one of those varieties, and defend (that variety of) kindism against possible objections.