Inference and Justification in Ethics
Date of Award
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)
Christian Coons (Advisor)
Michael Weber (Committee Member)
Michael Bradie (Committee Member)
Daniel Fasko (Committee Member)
We all say that certain moral views – true or false, agreed to or not – are reasonable, rational or justified. When we say this, we mean, roughly, that the agent who has come to these views has answered her ethical questions in a responsible way and that her beliefs are defensible from her own perspective. Whether or not these beliefs turn out true, they have some epistemic merit. This work is an investigation into that notion of epistemic merit. It asks, "What makes a moral belief justified?"
Sparks, Jacob, "Inference and Justification in Ethics" (2018). Philosophy Ph.D. Dissertations. 38.