David Braden-Johnson

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
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    Doing Justice to the Is-Ought Gap
    with Matt Silliman
    Social Philosophy Today 34 117-132. 2018.
    The two characters in this philosophical dialogue, Russell Steadman and Jules Govier, take up the meaning and significance of David Hume’s famous “is-ought gap”—the proscription on inferring a fully moral claim from any number of purely descriptive statements. Building on the recent work of Hilary Putnam and John F. Post, Jules attempts to show that Hume’s rule is of little consequence when discussing matters related to justice or morality as we encounter them in daily life. He derives his concl…Read more