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Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 8 HT10

Event Name Seminars in Moral Philosophy Week 8 HT10
Start Date 8th Mar 2010 4:30pm
End Date 8th Mar 2010 6:30pm
Duration 2 hours

Hallvard Lillehammer (Cambridge) 'Intuitions and Causes' to be held in the Lecture Room, 10 Merton Street, Oxford - Seminars in Moral Philosophy webpage


The justificatory role of appeals to intuition in ethical theory has recently been subject to a number of sceptical arguments appealing to facts about their natural causes and functional role. In this talk I address three questions raised by the increasing influence of these arguments. First, what is the idea of intuition assumed to be in play by its protagonists? Second, how does this idea relate to standard conceptions of intuition at work in traditional ethical theory? Third, to what extent are intuitions in the latter sense vulnerable to the sceptical arguments currently being canvassed in the literature? The view proposed in the paper is that some forms of intuition as traditionally conceived are legitimate targets of these arguments, but that the most reasonable response to this fact is not one of general scepticism but rather one of piecemeal revision or integration.

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