Blackburn* Ch. 5-3

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Also known as... "Eliminativism"


Chapter/Section of: Blackburn*

Chapter/Section: 5-3

Where to find it: Kirk McDermid (004), Jens Lehman (027) owns this Course Text

Author(s): Simon Blackburn

Type of reading: Course Text

Who's read this? Jens Lehman

Short Summary

In this section, eliminativism is described as a cluster of theoretical views, and enough of the theoretical views are false to prompt rejection of an entire subject matter. Philosopher John Mackie argued that ethical claims can only be made if we believe in the existence of 'objectively prescriptive facts', but that there is no such thing. Furthermore, eliminativism is not the same as scepticism. Eliminativism is not based on the idea that there are truths that can be asked in questions. The benefits of eliminativism is that hard questions about truth, beliefs, or knowledge can be shrugged off. Philosopher Stephen Stich, argued that nothings answers our conception of belief. The conception would require that the belief can explain a saying.

Key terms & concepts

Eliminativism, John Mackie, Skepticism, David Hume, Ethics, truth, Belief, Stephen Stich

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