Between Scylla and Charybdis: the Darwinian dilemma and the debunking of morality

Evandro Barbosa


This paper intends to analyze the evolutionary metaethical discussion that revolves around the evolutionist thesis about the origin of evaluative judgments and the possibility of there being objective moral values. Sharon Street (2006) presented what became known as the Darwinian dilemma for moral realism. Moral realists, represented by David Copp, did not take long to reply. I will resume this debate and offer an alternative to the dilemma and the problems brought up by both philosophers through procedural constructivism.

Keywords: evolution, realism, constructivism, morality, normativity.

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