A Distinction Without a Difference? Good Advice for Moral Error Theorists


  • I am grateful to the audience at the 2012 Ratio Conference at Reading University for helpful comments and criticisms of the talk on which this paper is based. I am also grateful to Niklas Möller, and to various participants in Ethics Group and Metaethics seminars at Cambridge, for insightful discussions of related issues.


This paper explores the prospects of different forms of moral error theory. It is argued that only a suitably local error theory would make good sense of the fact that it is possible to give and receive genuinely good moral advice.