Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/10356/165394
Full metadata record
DC FieldValueLanguage
dc.contributor.authorSpicer, Eryn Chenweien_US
dc.date.accessioned2023-03-27T04:27:16Z-
dc.date.available2023-03-27T04:27:16Z-
dc.date.issued2023-
dc.identifier.citationSpicer, E. C. (2023). Condemnation without morals. Final Year Project (FYP), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. https://hdl.handle.net/10356/165394en_US
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/10356/165394-
dc.description.abstractIn this paper, I assume the error theory about morality is correct, and examine if this undermines the notion of blameworthiness. I spend the first half of the paper laying out the conceptual foundation my inquiry bases itself upon. In the second half, I explore the possibility of finding a suitable replacement for the notion of blameworthiness that retains most of what is important about our blame-concepts, while also accommodating the error theorist’s commitments. I broadly take on a substitutionist’s approach to the problem, though I briefly examine the fictionalist’s approach as well. Overall, I argue that we can find a suitable replacement. This amounts to substituting moral norms with non-moral ones that allow for the formulation of an adapted account of blameworthiness. What’s distinctive about my approach is that it relies heavily on evolutionary concepts, in part using them to motivate our inescapable commitments towards group preservation. Further, I utilise the notion of natural selection between cultural phenotypes, both within and between human groups, to explain the persistence of norms regarding social cooperation, and show how we might use these norms as a replacement for moral norms in blame-assessment. What we’re left with at the end of this paper is a series of options the error theorist may take on to reap the practical benefits of retaining some conception of blameworthiness. Generating options for the error theorist is the main target of this paper, and I leave open which of these options is best.en_US
dc.language.isoenen_US
dc.publisherNanyang Technological Universityen_US
dc.subjectHumanities::Philosophyen_US
dc.titleCondemnation without moralsen_US
dc.typeFinal Year Project (FYP)en_US
dc.contributor.supervisorAndrew T. Forcehimesen_US
dc.contributor.schoolSchool of Humanitiesen_US
dc.description.degreeBachelor of Arts in Philosophyen_US
dc.contributor.supervisoremailforcehimes@ntu.edu.sgen_US
item.fulltextWith Fulltext-
item.grantfulltextrestricted-
Appears in Collections:SoH Student Reports (FYP/IA/PA/PI)
Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
ErynChenweiSpicer_FYP.pdf
  Restricted Access
FYP287.97 kBAdobe PDFView/Open

Page view(s)

209
Updated on Jul 18, 2024

Download(s) 50

65
Updated on Jul 18, 2024

Google ScholarTM

Check

Items in DR-NTU are protected by copyright, with all rights reserved, unless otherwise indicated.