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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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Perceptual Grounds, Ethical Disagreement, and Moral Intuitions

Perceptual Grounds, Ethical Disagreement, and Moral Intuitions

(p.69) Chapter 4 Perceptual Grounds, Ethical Disagreement, and Moral Intuitions
Moral Perception

Robert Audi

Princeton University Press

This chapter studies disagreements involving moral intuitions and other kinds of moral cognitions. In understanding disagreements of any kind, it is essential to ascertain whether the disputants differ regarding the same proposition. Sometimes a person rejects what another says without seeing just what that is, perhaps because the language used seems threatening, as where one can tell that one is being accused of something but does not see exactly what it is. The chapter calls this kind of disagreement illocutionary, since the disagreement is focused on the other's speech act and not its content. Ultimately, moral knowledge rests on perception, on intuition regarding ethical questions about actual or envisaged action, or on intuitions concerning hypothetical cases that helps one decide what is right or wrong.

Keywords:   moral intuitions, moral cognitions, illocutionary disagreement, speech act, perception, ethical questions

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