Peter Railton

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Peter Railton
Born23 May 1950
Era21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolAnalytic
Main interests

Ethics, Philosophy of Science

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notable_ideas = Ethical Naturalism
 
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Peter Railton
Born23 May 1950
Era21st-century philosophy
RegionWestern Philosophy
SchoolAnalytic
Main interests

Ethics, Philosophy of Science

  influences       =   influenced       =   
notable_ideas = Ethical Naturalism

Peter Albert Railton (born 23 May 1950) is John Stephenson Perrin Professor of Philosophy at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.

He received his Ph.D. from Princeton in 1980. His research interests center on contemporary metaethics and normative ethics, especially consequentialism. He is the author of the book Facts, Norms, and Values and a co-editor (with Stephen Darwall and Allan Gibbard) of Moral Discourse and Practice. He has also written several seminal papers on scientific explanation.

He has been a visiting professor at the University of California, Berkeley, and Princeton University, and is a distinguished professor at the University of Michigan.

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Moral Realism[edit]

Railton has playfully described himself as a "stark, raving moral realist".[1] However, unlike some moral realists, he thinks moral facts that make moral statements true are natural facts.

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  1. ^ "Moral Realism", The Philosophical Review, Vol. 95, No. 2 (Apr., 1986), p. 165

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