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Durham University

The Department of Philosophy


Publication details for Dr David Faraci

Faraci, David (2018). Review of Explanation in Ethics and Mathematics: Debunking and Dispensability. Analysis 78(2): 377-381.

Author(s) from Durham


This volume covers two related debates in both meta-ethics and the philosophy of mathematics, with brief forays into the philosophies of logic and religion and the history of ethics. The first debate is about ‘evolutionary debunking arguments’ (EDAs) – roughly, arguments that because evolutionary pressures do not track realistically construed ethical and mathematical (EM) truths, the evolutionary origins of our EM-beliefs suggest that they do not track such truths. The second debate is about ‘indispensability arguments’ (IAs) – roughly, arguments that we are justified in including realistically construed EM-entities in our ontology because they are indispensable for some important project.