[ JMP 1.2 (2004) 197-209] ISSN 1740-4681 © The Continuum Publishing Group Ltd 2004, The Tower Building, 11 York Road, London SE1 7NX and 15 East 26th Street, Suite 1703, New York, NY 10010, USA. Naturalized Virtue Ethics and the Epistemological Gap S TEPHEN R. B ROWN * Department of Theology and Philosophy Briar Cliff University 3303 Rebecca St Sioux City, IA 51104, USA firstname.lastname@example.org The proponent of the epistemological gap maintains that value claims are justified in a different way than are nonvalue claims. I show that a neo- Aristotelian naturalized virtue ethics does not fall prey to this gap. There are ethical claims concerning human beings that are epistemically justi- fied in a way logically identical to the way in which are justified certain nonethical claims about human and nonhuman organisms. This demon- stration (1) lends credibility to naturalized virtue ethics, (2) calls into question the very notion of an epistemological gap, and (3) confronts anti- naturalists with a dilemma. he proponent of an epistemological gap maintains that value claims are justified in a different way than are nonvalue claims. The existence of such a gap would pose a significant problem for the project of ethical
Journal of Moral Philosophy – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2004
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