- Title Pages
- 1 Ethical Intuitionism
- 2 In Defence of a Dogma
- 3 Construction and Analysis
- 4 Proper Names
- 5 ‘The Post-Linguistic Thaw’<sup>1</sup>
- 6 Analysis, Science, and Metaphysics
- 7 Bennett on Kant's Analytic
- 8 Does Knowledge Have Foundations?
- 9 Knowledge and Truth
- 10 Scruton and Wright on Anti-Realism
- 11 Perception and its Objects
- 12 Liberty and Necessity
- 13 Sensibility, Understanding, and the Doctrine of Synthesis
- 14 Two Conceptions of Philosophy
- 15 Review of Paul Grice, <i>Studies in the Way of Words</i>
- 16 Knowing From Words
- 17 What Have We Learned from Philosophy in the Twentieth Century?
- 18 A Category of Particulars
- 19 Paul Grice
- 20 Why Philosophy?
- 21 Intellectual Autobiography
- 22 A Bit of Intellectual Autobiography
- Index of Names
- (p.1) 1 Ethical Intuitionism
- Philosophical Writings
P. F. Strawson
- Oxford University Press
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.
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