International Research Colloquium on Evolution, Ethics, Debunking, and Moral Disagreement

April 7, 2017
Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies / NWO-funded programme 'Evolutionary Ethics', Utrecht University

Domplein 29
Utrecht 3512 JE


Justin Clarke-Doane
Columbia University
Neil Sinclair
University of Nottingham
Folke Tersman
Uppsala Universitet
Christine Tiefensee
Frankfurt School of Finance & Mangament

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Evolutionary explanations of our moral beliefs have frequently been used to argue that our moral beliefs are unjustified. Recent discussions, however, question whether there is a sound epistemic principle to support this type of debunking challenge and whether the debunking challenge might ultimately depend on the epistemic significance of moral disagreement.

The aim of the colloquium will be to deepen our understanding of the relation between debunking arguments that target the epistemic status of moral judgements and the epistemic significance of moral disagreement, specifically in regards to the following two aspects:

a) Which epistemic principle undergirds the metaethical debunking challenge?

b) Is it legitimate for anti-debunkers to rely on substantive moral truths in responding to the metaethical debunking challenge?

Our four speakers will each give a presentation of about 90 minutes (including discussion).

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This colloquium is organised with generous financial support from the the NWO-funded research programme *Evolutionary Ethics? The (Meta-)Ethical Implications of Evolutionary Theory * (, headed by Prof Herman Philipse and Prof Johan Bolhuis.

Further information about the colloquium can be found on our website.

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March 6, 2017, 4:00am CET

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