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Contents: Symposium on Hilary Putnam, Ethics with out Ontology Sami PIHLSTR?–M: Putnam's perception of Ontology Joseph MARGOLIS: Hilary Putnam and the Promise of Pluralism Mark TIMMONS: moral Objectivity Humanly talking: Reflections on Putnam's Ethics with out Ontology David COPP: The Ontology of Putnam's Ethics with out Ontology Claudine TIERCELIN: Metaphysics with no Ontology? Hilary PUTNAM: Replies to Commentators Articles: Scott R. STROUD: developing a Deweyan concept of ethical Cultivation Hugh G. MCDONALD: artistic Actualization: A Pluralist thought of price Robert LANE: Synechistic Bioethics: A Peircean View of the ethical prestige of Pre-Birth people booklet reports: David VESSEY: evaluation of Paul Fairfield, Theorizing Praxis: reports in Hermeneutical Pragmatism Kevin W. grey: overview of William Egginton and Mike Sandbothe, eds., The Pragmatic flip in Philosophy: modern Engagements among Analytic and Continental inspiration
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53). A third component of the ontological conception is: O3 Descriptions that cannot be construed as “descriptions of natural objects and properties [are to be construed] as descriptions which refer to nonnatural entities” (pp. 53–54). In rejecting the ontological conception as adequate for understanding every discourse (some of whose claims are objectively true), Putnam is rejecting the metaphysical thesis that objectivity requires objects and properties (includeing relations) as truth-makers, and also the linguistic thesis that all objectively true claims are descriptive.
6). It is a fair bet that he would also reject Blackburn’s quasi-realism in ethics. For, early in the book, he remarks that “arguments for ‘antirealism’ in ethics are virtually identical with arguments for antirealism in the philosophy of mathematics,” and he goes on to complain that “philosophers who resist those arguments in the latter case often capitulate to them in the former” (1). Having said this, it would be odd if he were to resist Blackburn’s arguments for quasirealism in the philosophy of mathematics but to accept his arguments for quasirealism in ethics.
Horgan, Terence, and Mark Timmons. (2000) “Nondecriptivist Cognitivism: Outline of a New Metaethic,” Philosophical Papers 29, 121–153. ———. (2002) “Conceptual Relativity and Metaphysical Realism,” Philosophical Issues 12, 74–96. ———. 2006a. “Cognitivist Expressivism,” in Metaethics After Moore, ed. Terence Horgan and Mark Timmons (Oxford: Oxford University Press), pp. 255–298. ———. 2006b. “Expressivism Yes! ” in Oxford Studies in Metaethics, ed. Russ Shafer-Landau (Oxford: Oxford University Press) Putnam, Hilary.