Book Review: Robert Audi, 'Moral Perception' [Book Review]

Reason Papers 37 (1):164-69 (2015)

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I summarise Robert Audi's 'Moral Perception.' I concede that there is such a thing as moral perception. However, moral perceptions are culturally-relative, which refutes Audi’s claims that moral perception may ground moral knowledge and that it provides inter-subjectively accessible grounds which make ethical objectivity possible. Audi's attempt to avoid the refutation tends to convert rational disputes into ad hominem ones. I illustrate that with the example of the ethics of prostitution.
Keywords moral perception  ethical intuitionism  theory-laden  moral disagreement  moral epistemology  robert audi  karl popper  cultural product  moral emotion  jean piaget
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