A Liberal Realist Answer to Debunking Skeptics: The Empirical Case for Realism

MICHAEL HUEMER
PHILOSOPHICAL STUDIES (2015). ADVANCED ONLINE PUBLICATION. DOI
10.1007/s11098-015-0588-9.

Abstract: Debunking skeptics claim that our moral beliefs are formed by processes unsuited to identifying objective facts, such as emotions inculcated by our genes and culture; therefore, they say, even if there are objective moral facts, we probably don’t know them. I argue that the debunking skeptics cannot explain the pervasive trend toward liberalization of values over human history, and that the best explanation is the realist’s: humanity is becoming increasingly liberal because liberalism is the objectively correct moral stance.