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Our cosmic insignificance

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The universe that surrounds us is vast, and we are so very small. When we reflect on the vastness of the universe, our humdrum cosmic location, and the inevitable future demise of humanity, our lives can seem utterly insignificant. Many philosophers assume that such worries about our significance reflect a banal metaethical confusion. They dismiss the very idea of cosmic significance. This, I argue, is a mistake. Worries about cosmic insignificance do not express metaethical worries about obj...

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Published
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Peer reviewed
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10.1111/nous.12030

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Research group:
Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics
Department:
Humanities Division - Philosophy Faculty
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Funding agency for:
Guy Kahane
Publisher:
Wiley Publisher's website
Journal:
Noûs Journal website
Volume:
48
Issue:
4
Pages:
745-772
Publication date:
2014-12-05
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EISSN:
1468-0068
ISSN:
0029-4624
URN:
uuid:5cdfd3ef-2bc1-42a3-8c3f-ac2e3d12b76b
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ora:10510

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