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  1. Moral skepticism is a doubting of our ability to acquire moral knowledge, and a doubting of moral efficacy.

Moral Skepticism

  1. Another way to argue for moral skepticism is to cite a requirement on justified belief.
  2. These last three kinds of moral skepticism are not epistemological, for they are not directly about knowledge or justification.
  3. This controversy about burden of proof might be resolved by distinguishing dogmatic moral skepticism from Pyrrhonian moral skepticism.


  1. Moral skepticism is, moreover, a universal and abstruse claim.
  2. Critics still argue that moral skepticism conflicts with commonsense.
  3. Thus, its form, like its conflict with commonsense, seems to create a presumption against moral skepticism.
  4. The extent to which these arguments imply moral skepticism depends on the extent to which persons lack an appropriate sense of self-worth.
  5. Practical moral skepticism = there is not always any or adequate or distinctively moral reason to be moral.


  1. For example, the claims "it is wrong to kill" and "it is acceptable to kill" are both false, according to the first version of moral skepticism.
  2. Moral skepticism, which holds that ethical sentences are generally false.
  3. Moral skepticism comes in two corresponding kinds.


  1. MORAL SKEPTICISM denies any objective status to moral values.
  2. To deny that 'morality' in this sense, refers, is a position known as moral skepticism.

Practical Moral

  1. Consequently, practical moral skepticism does not imply epistemological moral skepticism.
  2. However, epistemological moral skepticism is about reasons for belief, whereas practical moral skepticism is about reasons for action.
  3. Practical moral skepticism resembles epistemological moral skepticism in that both kinds of skepticism deny a role to reasons in morality.


  1. Opponents often accuse moral skepticism of leading to immorality.
  2. Different opponents of moral skepticism deny different premises, as I indicated.
  3. For this response to have force, however, opponents of moral skepticism need to say why moral nihilism is irrelevant.


  1. Two responses to this are moral skepticism and non-cognitivism.
  2. If we are to avoid moral skepticism, then we must accept moral luck in some areas, and if we do that, then we ought to accept it in the area of results.
  3. Although the arguments for moral skepticism are hard to refute, most people reject their conclusion.
  4. These arguments for moral skepticism differ in many ways, but they seem mutually supportive.
  5. Theological voluntarism thus understood is consistent either with the affirmation or with the denial of theism and moral skepticism.
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