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Book review of 'Explanation in ethics and mathematics: debunking and dispensability' by Uri D. Leibowitz and Neil Sinclair, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.

Faraci, David (2018) 'Book review of 'Explanation in ethics and mathematics: debunking and dispensability' by Uri D. Leibowitz and Neil Sinclair, Oxford : Oxford University Press, 2016.', Analysis., 78 (2). pp. 377-381.

Abstract

This volume covers two related debates in both meta-ethics and the philosophy of mathematics, with brief forays into the philosophies of logic and religion and the history of ethics. The first debate is about ‘evolutionary debunking arguments’ (EDAs) – roughly, arguments that because evolutionary pressures do not track realistically construed ethical and mathematical (EM) truths, the evolutionary origins of our EM-beliefs suggest that they do not track such truths. The second debate is about ‘indispensability arguments’ (IAs) – roughly, arguments that we are justified in including realistically construed EM-entities in our ontology because they are indispensable for some important project.

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Publisher Web site:https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/any019
Publisher statement:This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Analysis following peer review. The version of record Faraci, David (2018). Review of Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability. Analysis 78(2): 377-381 is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1093/analys/any019
Date accepted:No date available
Date deposited:04 September 2018
Date of first online publication:06 April 2018
Date first made open access:06 April 2020

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