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Book: The Five Principles of Middle Way Philosophy

Chapter: g. Scepticism Applies to Values and Facts

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.44164


Scepticism challenges the assumption of an absolute distinction between facts and values, given that both kinds of belief are not denied but incrementally justified (even if asymptotically for some obvious factual statements). Both factual and value claims depend on human goals and assumed states of affairs that depend on those goals. The particularity of values does not make them ‘subjective’. Moral beliefs, like factual ones, become more justified as they are more integrated.

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  • Robert Ellis ( - rmellis) 'Middle Way Society'