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  • Rejecting moral obligation 

    Robertson, Simon (University of St Andrews, 2005) - Thesis
    The thesis argues that, were there any moral obligations, they would be categorical; but there are no categorical requirements on action; therefore, there are no moral obligations. The underlying claim is that, because of ...
  • Contemporary ethical naturalism : a comparative metaethical evaluation of expressivism and Cornell realism 

    Sonderholm, Jorn (University of St Andrews, 2005) - Thesis
    This thesis contains a critical discussion of two metaethical theories: expressivism, as developed in the works of Simon Blackburn, and Cornell realism, as presented by Richard Boyd and David Brink. In the introduction, a ...
  • Why should I be moral? : toward a defence of the categoricity and normative authority of moral considerations 

    Hurtig, Kent (University of St Andrews, 2004) - Thesis
    Can we ever be fully practically justified in acting contrary to moral demands? My contention is that the answer is 'no'. I argue that by adopting a 'buck-passing' account of wrongness we can provide a philosophically ...
  • Legal paternalism 

    Batstone, Aislinn (University of St Andrews, 2003) - Thesis
    Legal paternalism is the interference by the state in the choice or choices of citizens, for the good of those citizens. There are strong intuitions for and against paternalism, which correspond to the value we place on ...
  • Naturalism, normativity, and the 'open question' argument 

    Fisher, Andrew David (University of St Andrews, 2003) - Thesis
    The 'open question' argument, as it has come to be known, was popularized by G. E. Moore. However, it is universally recognized that his presentation of it is unconvincing, as it is based on dubious metaphysics, semantics ...

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