Moral Error Theory: History, Critique, Defence

2014.09.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonas Olson, Moral Error Theory: History, Critique, Defence, Oxford University Press, 2014, 214pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN
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2014.09.04 : View this Review Online | View Recent NDPR Reviews Jonas Olson, Moral Error Theory: History, Critique, Defence, Oxford University Press, 2014, 214pp., $55.00 (hbk), ISBN 9780198701934. Reviewed by Daan Evers, University of Groningen Olson's book is a defence of moral error theory, embellished with discussion of historical precedents to John Mackie. It is divided into three parts, History, Critique and Defence, which I will discuss in turn. Part I: History The first part, although interesting in itself, is not essential to the rest of the book. Olson discusses a number of historical precursors to Mackie. These precursors needn't think that moral language is defective, for Olson distinguishes between standard and moderate error theories. Standard error theories claim that some area of thought and discourse D involves systematically false beliefs, as a result of which D-judgements are uniformly untrue (which means they are either false or neither true nor. . .

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