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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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(p.170) Conclusion
Moral Perception

Robert Audi

Princeton University Press

This concluding chapter explains how the theory of moral perception takes full account of the causal element in perception but does not require naturalizing moral properties. However, the theory does require that moral properties have a base in the natural world. They are anchored in the natural world in a way that makes possible moral knowledge and the ethical objectivity that goes with it. The bridge from their naturalistic base to moral judgment often has the intelligibility of the self-evident, and under some conditions it has the reliability of necessary truth. Seeing that an act or a person has a moral property may itself be a manifestation of an intuitive perceptual capacity that has considerable discriminative subtlety regarding descriptive natural properties.

Keywords:   moral perception, causal element, moral properties, natural world, moral knowledge, ethical objectivity, necessary truth

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