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Introduction to EthicsLecture Notes040314Moral NihilismMoral nihilismthe claim that there are no moral factsFacts are objective they exist independently of humans and thus realValues are not objective they do not exist independently of humans and thus not realTwo versions of moral nihilismoError theoryoExpressivismError Theory1There are no moral features in this world2There are no moral facts3Our moral judgments attempt but always fail to describe the moral features of things Atheism IdeologyError theorist would just say both are wrong since morals dont exist abortion is wrong abortion is not wrong Two bad objectionsArgument from disastrous results oPI is false Just because believing x would have bad consequences doesnt make x false People w
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