Ethical Perspectives 17 (1):5-39 (2010)

Michael Quante
University of Münster
An essential part of particularism as a systematic option in philosophical ethics is the structure of perception. In this paper, we defend perception as a central feature against the meta-ethical and meta-epistemological prejudices of rationalism.The insurmountable border between perception and justification, which is central to rationalist ethics, rests on three premises that are rejected by particularism: ethical knowledge is not exclusively inferential or discursive, ethical reflection is not solely deductive reasoning, and the bases of justified actions do not have to be universal laws.Against rationalist ethics, we defend perception as a central and primary source of ethical knowledge, as a way of non-discursive reflection and as a genuine form of ethical justification. Ethical experience is not only reason but the complex responsiveness of persons that develops biographically as a result of situations in social and culturally contingent contexts
Keywords No keywords specified (fix it)
Categories (categorize this paper)
DOI 10.2143/EP.17.1.2046955
Edit this record
Mark as duplicate
Export citation
Find it on Scholar
Request removal from index
Revision history

Download options

PhilArchive copy

Upload a copy of this paper     Check publisher's policy     Papers currently archived: 72,607
External links

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

No references found.

Add more references

Citations of this work BETA

Tractatus ethico-politicus.Nythamar De Oliveira - 1999 - Porto Alegre, Brazil: Edipucrs.
Tractatus practico-theoreticus.Nythamar De Oliveira - 2016 - Porto Alegre, Brazil: Editora Fi.

Add more citations

Similar books and articles

Why Sibley Is (Probably) Not a Particularist After All.C. Kirwin - 2011 - British Journal of Aesthetics 51 (2):201-212.
Explaining Moral Knowledge.Uri D. Leibowitz - 2014 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 11 (1):35-56.
Particularism in Aristotle’s Nicomachean Ethics.Uri D. Leibowitz - 2013 - Journal of Moral Philosophy 10 (2):121-147.
Perception and Structure in Merleau-Ponty.Bernhard Waldenfels - 1980 - In John Sallis (ed.), Research in Phenomenology. Humanities Press. pp. 21-38.
The Twofold Orientational Structure of Perception.John Dilworth - 2005 - Philosophical Psychology 18 (2):187-203.
The Propositional Structure of Perception.Joseph Runzo - 1977 - American Philosophical Quarterly 14 (3):211-220.
New Casuistry: What’s New?Theo Van Willigenburg - 1998 - Philosophical Explorations 1 (2):152 – 164.
Reasons, Holism And Virtue Theory.Andrew Jordan - 2013 - Philosophical Quarterly 63 (251):248-268.


Added to PP index

Total views
51 ( #226,073 of 2,533,648 )

Recent downloads (6 months)
2 ( #260,225 of 2,533,648 )

How can I increase my downloads?


My notes