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Ethical Intuitionism

P. F. Strawson

in Philosophical Writings

Published in print April 2011 | ISBN: 9780199587292
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191728747 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.003.0001
Ethical Intuitionism

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This chapter examines the question of how, if moral rightness or goodness is unanalyzable, we can come to know what acts are right. It is particularly concerned with intuition and its role in ethical theory. It suggests that our intuition is not a bare intuition of the moral characteristic, but also the intuition of its dependence on some others: so that this fundamental situation yields us, by intuitive induction, knowledge of moral rules, generalizations regarding the right and the good, which we can apply in other cases, even when an actual intuition is lacking.

Keywords: moral rightness; moral goodness; intuition; ethical theory

Chapter.  5427 words. 

Subjects: Aesthetics and Philosophy of Art

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