The Moorean argument for the full moral status of those with profound intellectual disability: a rejoinder to Roberts

Curtis, B. ORCID: 0000-0001-8433-9201 and Vehmas, S., 2016. The Moorean argument for the full moral status of those with profound intellectual disability: a rejoinder to Roberts. Journal of Medical Ethics, 42 (4), pp. 266-267. ISSN 0306-6800

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Abstract

In a recent paper we argued that a Moorean strategy can be employed to justify our continued belief in the following proposition, even in the presence of philosophical views that entail it is false, without any philosophical argument against those views, and without any positive philosophical argument in its favour: H>A: Humans have an equal moral status that is higher than the moral status of non-human animals. The basic idea is that our confidence in the truth of this proposition is greater than our confidence in the propositions that make up those philosophical views that entail it is false, and that this is sufficient to justify rejecting those views and continue to believe H>A.
Roberts has recently responded to our suggestion by claiming: (i) Although the Moorean strategy is valid, it is not powerful. (ii) A resort to the Moorean strategy reflects too great a pessimism about the accounts available that purport to justify H>A.2. In this short rejoinder we explain why we think that Roberts's two claims are false.

Item Type: Journal article
Publication Title: Journal of Medical Ethics
Creators: Curtis, B. and Vehmas, S.
Publisher: BMJ Publishing Group
Date: 2016
Volume: 42
Number: 4
ISSN: 0306-6800
Identifiers:
NumberType
10.1136/medethics-2016-103437DOI
Divisions: Schools > School of Arts and Humanities
Depositing User: Linda Sullivan
Date Added: 16 Jan 2017 14:43
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2017 14:11
URI: http://irep.ntu.ac.uk/id/eprint/29722

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