Date of Award
Master of Arts (MA)
Graham J. Oddie
In this paper I criticize David Enoch’s purported solution to what he terms the epistemic challenge to robust moral realism. The epistemic challenge is a challenge aimed at the robust moral realist to explain how there could be a close enough correlation between normative truths and normative beliefs for humans to have knowledge of the normative truths given that there cannot be a causal relation between the normative truths and the normative beliefs. Enoch suggests a third-factor pre-established harmony between normative beliefs and normative truths as an explanation of the correlation; this explanation will be examined in detail below. Enoch’s solution, I contend, is unsatisfying for two reasons. First, his explanation relies on a miraculous correlation; second, it violates the sensitivity condition for knowledge.
Carrick, Michael Robert, "Taking Luck Seriously: A Critique of Enoch’s Third-Factor Pre-Established Harmony Explanation" (2016). Philosophy Graduate Theses & Dissertations. 51.