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2011 | 21 | 3 | 262-271
Article title

The Is-Ought Problem, the Open Question Argument, and the new science of morality

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The article deals with a recent attack by Sam Harris on two famous arguments that purport to establish a gap between factual and evaluative statements-Hume’s Is-Ought Problem and Moore’s Open Question Argument. I present the arguments, analyze the relationship between them and critically assess Harris’ attempt to refute them. I conclude that Harris’ attempt fails.
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21
Issue
3
Pages
262-271
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published
2011-09-01
online
2011-09-22
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References
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bwmeta1.element.doi-10_2478_s13374-011-0027-3
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