Moral Understanding as Knowing Right from Wrong

Ethics 127 (3):521-552 (2017)
Paulina Sliwa
Cambridge University
Moral understanding is a valuable epistemic and moral good. I argue that moral understanding is the ability to know right from wrong. I defend the account against challenges from nonreductionists, such as Alison Hills, who argue that moral understanding is distinct from moral knowledge. Moral understanding, she suggests, is constituted by a set of abilities: to give and follow moral explanations and to draw moral conclusions. I argue that Hills’s account rests on too narrow a conception of moral understanding. Among other things, it cannot account for the importance of first-personal experience for achieving moral understanding.
Keywords moral understanding  moral knowledge  reductionism  moral testimony
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DOI 10.1086/690011
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