Words, Sometimes Thoughts Jacob Pfau

The Roots and Shoots of Moral Language

For discussion and clarification of the ideas presented in this post, see the corresponding thread on the Effective Altruism Forum here. Background I’m writing this post in order to clarify and share my variant of hybrid expressivism and to explore what implications this meta-ethical position has on issues of interest to effective altruism (EA... Read more

Meta-Ethics Matters (kinda)

By turn too abstract and too exacting, theories of meta-ethics appear disconcertingly unmoored from the practical business of doing good. My own preferred breed, subjectivism 1, seems to have it even worse… how can we conclude anything about what we ought best do if we concede from the get go that our reasoning is entirely subjective? For the pu... Read more