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Moral Perception$
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Robert Audi

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691156484

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691156484.001.0001

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Perception: Sensory, Conceptual, and Cognitive Dimensions

Perception: Sensory, Conceptual, and Cognitive Dimensions

(p.7) Chapter 1 Perception: Sensory, Conceptual, and Cognitive Dimensions
Moral Perception

Robert Audi

Princeton University Press

This chapter considers how perception is central in epistemology, and the concept of perception is among the most important in philosophy. If the psychological authority of perception—chiefly, its power to compel belief under varying conditions—is not in general contested, its epistemic authority—chiefly, its power to yield knowledge and justified belief—is often taken to be limited to certain realms and to hold for descriptive rather than normative propositions. Paradigms of the former are propositions ascribing observable properties, such as color and shape, to macroscopic objects. Whereas paradigms of normative propositions are those ascribing obligations to persons, wrongness to actions, or intrinsic goodness or badness to states of affairs.

Keywords:   perception, epistemology, psychological authority, epistemic authority, descriptive propositions, normative propositions

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