Can We Know Anything About Philosophical Issues?

Ethical Realism

Many people think philosophers aren’t experts, that we can’t really know anything about philosophical issues, or that everyone’s opinion is equal concerning philosophical issues. Philosophical issues are often narrowly understood to be those concerned with the nature of reasoning, knowledge, morality, or reality; and many people say we can’t know anything about such issues. I will argue that we can know something about philosophical issues, which suggests that there can be expert philosophers, and that not everyone’s philosophical opinion is equal. We do seem to know something about philosophical domains and it is plausible to think we can give meaningful philosophical arguments within these domains. Such a position is actually more consistent with how people think about the world.

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