Ethical Intuitionism: Re-evaluations

Paperback | August 15, 2002

EditorPhilip Stratton-lake

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Ethical Intuitionism was the dominant moral theory in Britain for much of the eighteenth and nineteenth and the first third of the twentieth century. However, during the middle decades of the twentieth century ethical intuitionism came to be regarded as utterly untenable. It was thought to beeither empty, or metaphysically and epistemologically extravagant, or both. This hostility led to a neglect of the central intuitionist texts, and encouraged the growth of a caricature of intuitionism that could easily be rejected before moving on to 'more serious' philosophical theories. More recently, however, this hostility towards ethical intuitionism has subsided. A wide range of moral philosophers, from Aristotelians, to rule-consequentialists, to expressivists, Kantians, and deontologists, are beginning to look to the ethical intuitionists' work as a positive resource. It is,therefore, a good time to get clear on what it was that intuitionists said, and re-evaluate their contribution to our understanding of morality. This volume is the first serious engagement with ethical intuitionism in the light of more recent developments in ethical theory. It contains essays by eminent moral philosophers working in very different traditions whose aim is to clarify and assess ethical intuitionism. Issues addressed includewhether the plurality of basic principles intuitionists adhere to can be grounded in some more fundamental principle; the autonomy of ethics and self-evidence; moral realism and internalism; and the open question argument and naturalism.

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Ethical Intuitionism was the dominant moral theory in Britain for much of the eighteenth and nineteenth and the first third of the twentieth century. However, during the middle decades of the twentieth century ethical intuitionism came to be regarded as utterly untenable. It was thought to beeither empty, or metaphysically and epistemo...

Philip Stratton-Lake is Lecturer in Philosophy at Reading University.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:314 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:August 15, 2002Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Robert Audi: Prospects for a Value-Based Intuitionism2. Roger Crisp: Sidgwick and Intuitionism3. David McNaughton: An Unconnected Heap of Duties?4. Tom Baldwin: The Three Phases of Intuitionism5. Philip Stratton-Lake: Pleasure and Reflection in Ross6. Berys Gaut: Justifying Moral Pluralism7. Brad Hooker: Intuitions and Moral Theorizing8. Nicholas Sturgeon: Ethical Intuitionism, Ethical Naturalism9. Allan Gibbard: Knowing What to Do, Seeing What to Do10. Jonathan Dancy: Prichard on Duty and Ignorance of Fact11. Stephen Darwall: Intuitionism and the Motivation Problem12. Robert Arrington: A Wittgensteinian ApproachBibliography, Index