Metalinguistic negotiations in moral disagreement

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Bolinger, Renée Jorgensen. (2020). Metalinguistic negotiations in moral disagreement. Inquiry. pp. 1-29. https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2020.1850336
AuthorsBolinger, Renée Jorgensen
Abstract

The problem of moral disagreement has been presented as an objection to contextualist semantics for ‘ought’, since it is not clear that contextualism can accommodate or give a convincing gloss of such disagreement. I argue that independently of our semantics, disagreements over ‘ought’ in non-cooperative contexts are best understood as indirect metalinguistic disputes, which is easily accommodated by contextualism. If this is correct, then rather than posing a problem for contextualism, the data from moral disagreements provides some reason to adopt a semantics that allows contextual variance in the meanings of ‘ought’.

Keywordsmetalinguistic negation; deontic modals; contextualism; disagreement; metalinguistic denial
Year2020
JournalInquiry
Journal citationpp. 1-29
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN0020-174X
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/0020174X.2020.1850336
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85097069301
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Deposited08 Jul 2021
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