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Mind-Dependence and Moral Realism

ByRosati Connie S.

Moral realism is the view that there are objective moral truths or moral facts. But what is it for moral truths to be “objective”? A common way of characterizing moral realism has it that the objectivity of moral truths consists in their being, in some sense, mind-independent. Thus, we are variously told, moral truths are independent of our attitudes, emotions, values, responses, perspectives, or judgments; they are “stance-independent” or independent of the “practical standpoint.” Derek Parfit (2011), for example, treats moral realism as response-independent, as does David Enoch (2011); and Jay Wallace (2012: 21) characterizes moral realism in terms of truths that are “prior to and independent of the will.”