Read this short essay by Richard Joyce and answer the following questions:
1. What does it mean to be a moral error theorist?
2. Why does Joyce seem unconcerned with the fear that this idea will lead to chaos and bedlam?
3. What is moral fictionalism and in what ways is it useful?
4. Along the following spectrum, where would you place yourself and for what reasons?
a. There are acts which are objectively morally right and morally wrong
b. Acts are not objectively right or wrong, but we try to convince ourselves otherwise
c. Acts are not objectively right or wrong; we recognize this, but we pretend otherwise
d. Acts are not objectively right or wrong; we recognize this and make no effort to pretend otherwise
5. What are your opinions on the epistemological and ethical stances taken by Joyce?
And one final question for the class is this: In looking back on the semester, what is your overall
opinion of the course and the ideas it has introduced?