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Intuitions and Intuition Pumps in Moral and Political Theory

Dowding, Keith


What are moral intuitions and what role do they play in moral theory? Rawls’s reflective equilibrium suggests that we test moral theories using our intuitions and then bring each into line to reach some equilibrium. Intuition pumps work by asking what are our immediate apprehensions about some story; they are then used to critique theories or principles. We can contrast them with thought experiments in science, which are often used to show our intuitions must be wrong. I critically examine the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015
Type: Conference paper
Access Rights: Open Access


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