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P. F. Strawson

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199587292

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199587292.001.0001

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Ethical Intuitionism

Ethical Intuitionism

(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.

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

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