42 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2014 Last revised: 4 Mar 2016
Date Written: August 27, 2014
We accomplish three things in this paper. First, we provide evidence that the motivational internalism/externalism debate in moral psychology could be a false dichotomy born of ambiguity. Second, we provide further evidence for a crucial distinction between two different categories of belief in folk psychology: thick belief and thin belief. Third, we demonstrate how careful attention to deep features of folk psychology can help diagnose and defuse seemingly intractable philosophical disagreement in metaethics.
Keywords: metaethics, motivation, folk psychology, belief, experimental philosophy
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