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Moral Autonomy Fights Back

  • E. J. Borowski (a1)
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1 ‘A Pyrrhic Defence of Moral Autonomy’, Philosophy 52 (10 1977), 455466.

2 Hare R. M., ‘Geach on Murder and Sodomy’, loc. cit., 467472; Geach P. T., ‘Again the Logic of “Ought”’, loc. cit., 473476.

3 I am greatly indebted to Lloyd Humberstone of Monash University for the correspondence in which he drew my attention to these two matters.

4 Of which a prime example is Geach's last in ‘Morally Significant Theses’, Open Mind 4 (09 1976), 12, which I reproduced in detail on p. 456 of my above-mentioned paper.

5 Hare R. M., The Language of Morals (Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1952), 1.

6 The terminology is that of Hare R. M., ‘Meaning and Speech Acts’, Philosophical Review 79 (1970); see also pp. 460–462 of my earlier paper.

7 ‘Morally Significant Theses’ (see note 4 above) and ‘Murder and Sodomy’, Philosophy 51 (07 1976).

8 Cf. Searle John, ‘How to Derive “Ought” from “Is”’, Philosophical Review 73 (1964), 4358, and Chapters 3.1 (‘How to Promise: a Complicated Way’) and 8 (‘Deriving “Ought” from “Is”’) of Speech Acts (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1969). Many of the points I would make against Searle are set out in detail in Hare R. M., ‘The Promising Game’. Revue Internationale de Philosophie 70 (1964), 398412. Both Searle's and Hare's papers are reprinted in Foot (ed.), Theories of Ethics (Oxford University Press, 1967) and Hudson W. D. (ed.), The Is/Ought Question (Macmillan, 1969).

9 Cf. Warnock G. J., The Object of Morality (Methuen, 1971), 130ff.; Contemporary Moral Philosophy (Macmillan, 1967), 35.

10 ‘Geach on Murder and Sodomy’, loc. cit., 468.

11 Some other examples (in English) are cited in Broadie Alexander, ‘Imperatives’, Mind 81 (04 1972), 180, in support of the view that ‘imperative’ is not a species of the genus ‘sentence’ distinguishable purely syntactically.

12 Geach P. T., Logic Matters (Blackwell, 1972), 32ff.; Hare , op. cit., 467; Geach , ‘Again the Logic of “Ought”’, 473ff.

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