David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Philosophical Studies 149 (3):305–320 (2010)
One popular reason for rejecting moral realism is the lack of a plausible epistemology that explains how we come to know moral facts. Recently, a number of philosophers have insisted that it is possible to have moral knowledge in a very straightforward way—by perception. However, there is a significant objection to the possibility of moral perception: it does not seem that we could have a perceptual experience that represents a moral property, but a necessary condition for coming to know that X is F by perception is the ability to have a perceptual experience that represents something as being F . Call this the ‘Representation Objection’ to moral perception. In this paper I argue that the Representation Objection to moral perception fails. Thus I offer a limited defense of moral perception.
|Keywords||Moral perception Moral realism Representation Moral knowledge|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
William P. Alston (1991). Perceiving God: The Epistemology of Religious Experience. Cornell University Press.
Lawrence Blum (1991). Moral Perception and Particularity. Ethics 101 (4):701-725.
Franz Brentano (1889/1902). The Origin of the Knowledge of Right and Wrong. ARCHIBALD CONSTABLE & CO.
Austen Clark (2000). A Theory of Sentience. New York: Oxford University Press.
Terence Cuneo (2003). Reidian Moral Perception. Canadian Journal of Philosophy 33 (2):229 - 258.
Citations of this work BETA
Matthew S. Bedke (2010). Intuitional Epistemology in Ethics. Philosophy Compass 5 (12):1069-1083.
J. Jeremy Wisnewski (forthcoming). The Case for Moral Perception. Phenomenology and the Cognitive Sciences:1-20.
Robert Cowan (2013). Perceptual Intuitionism. Philosophy and Phenomenological Research 87 (1):n/a-n/a.
Similar books and articles
Benedict Smith (2006). Particularism, Perception and Judgement. Acta Analytica 21 (2):12-29.
Jo Ann Ho (2010). Ethical Perception: Are Differences Between Ethnic Groups Situation Dependent? Business Ethics 19 (2):154-182.
Gregory E. Kaebnick (2000). On the Intersection of Casuistry and Particularism. Kennedy Institute of Ethics Journal 10 (4):307-322.
Benedict Smith (2010). Particularism and the Space of Moral Reasons. Palgrave Macmillan.
Ishtiyaque Haji (2010). Psychopathy, Ethical Perception, and Moral Culpability. Neuroethics 3 (2):135-150.
David J. Casarett (1999). Moral Perception and the Pursuit of Medical Philosophy. Theoretical Medicine and Bioethics 20 (2):125-139.
Sarah McGrath (2004). Moral Knowledge by Perception. Philosophical Perspectives 18 (1):209–228.
Robert Audi (2010). Moral Perception and Moral Knowledge. Aristotelian Society Supplementary Volume 84 (1):79-97.
Justin P. McBrayer (2010). Moral Perception and the Causal Objection. Ratio 23 (3):291-307.
Andrew Cullison (2010). Moral Perception. European Journal of Philosophy 18 (2):159-175.
Added to index2009-03-14
Total downloads145 ( #5,196 of 1,098,400 )
Recent downloads (6 months)16 ( #9,411 of 1,098,400 )
How can I increase my downloads?