Date of Award

Spring 1-1-2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)



First Advisor

Chris Heathwood

Second Advisor

Michael Huemer

Third Advisor

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.