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Ethical intuitionism and the linguistic analogy


Schwind, Philipp (2018). Ethical intuitionism and the linguistic analogy. Canadian Journal of Philosophy, 48(2):292-311.

Abstract

It is a central tenet of ethical intuitionism as defended by W. D. Ross and others that moral theory should reflect the convictions of mature moral agents. Hence, intuitionism is plausible to the extent that it corresponds to our well-considered moral judgments. After arguing for this claim, I discuss whether intuitionists offer an empirically adequate account of our moral obligations. I do this by applying recent empirical research by John Mikhail that is based on the idea of a universal moral grammar to a number of claims implicit in W. D. Ross’s normative theory. I argue that the results at least partly vindicate intuitionism

Abstract

It is a central tenet of ethical intuitionism as defended by W. D. Ross and others that moral theory should reflect the convictions of mature moral agents. Hence, intuitionism is plausible to the extent that it corresponds to our well-considered moral judgments. After arguing for this claim, I discuss whether intuitionists offer an empirically adequate account of our moral obligations. I do this by applying recent empirical research by John Mikhail that is based on the idea of a universal moral grammar to a number of claims implicit in W. D. Ross’s normative theory. I argue that the results at least partly vindicate intuitionism

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:01 Faculty of Theology > Center for Ethics
06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Philosophy
Dewey Decimal Classification:100 Philosophy
Uncontrolled Keywords:Ethical intuitionism, W. D. Ross, linguistics, John Rawls, moral psychology
Language:English
Date:2018
Deposited On:30 Aug 2017 12:22
Last Modified:20 Feb 2018 08:53
Publisher:Taylor & Francis
ISSN:0045-5091
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1080/00455091.2017.1366808

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