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The Moral Evil Demons

Ralph Wedgwood

in Disagreement

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199226078
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191594236 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226078.003.0010
The Moral Evil Demons

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This chapter discusses moral disagreement and moral relativism, and places the long-standing discussion of these issues in the context of recent discussions of the epistemology of disagreement. It argues that it is rational to have a special sort of ‘fundamental trust’ in one's own moral intuitions, but it is not even possible to have the same sort of trust in the intuitions of others. As a result, it can be rational for both parties to a peer disagreement to have more confidence in their own views than in the incompatible views of their peers.

Keywords: moral disagreement; moral relativism; intuitions; self-trust; rationality

Chapter.  12915 words. 

Subjects: Moral Philosophy

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