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Single Idea 6974

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 1. Nature of Ethics / d. Ethical theory]

Full Idea

A moral philosopher will have his moral standards and will sometimes make moral judgements, but these moral judgements cannot be a logical consequence of his philosophy.

Gist of Idea

Moral judgements cannot be the logical consequence of a moral philosophy


A.J. Ayer (On the analysis of moral judgements [1949], p.247)

Book Reference

Ayer,A.J.: 'Philosophical Essays' [Macmillan 1965], p.247

A Reaction

I take this to be an assertion of the is-ought distinction. Personally this strikes me as totally false. Ayer needs to think more deeply about moral philosophy!