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We can see a theft, hear a lie, and feel a stabbing. These are morally important perceptions. But are they also moral perceptions--distinctively moral responses? In this book, Robert Audi develops an original account of moral perceptions, shows how they figure in human experience, and argues that they provide moral knowledge. He offers a theory of perception as an informative representational relation to objects and events. He describes the experiential elements in perception, illustrates moral perception in ...

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Overview

We can see a theft, hear a lie, and feel a stabbing. These are morally important perceptions. But are they also moral perceptions--distinctively moral responses? In this book, Robert Audi develops an original account of moral perceptions, shows how they figure in human experience, and argues that they provide moral knowledge. He offers a theory of perception as an informative representational relation to objects and events. He describes the experiential elements in perception, illustrates moral perception in relation to everyday observations, and explains how moral perception justifies moral judgments and contributes to objectivity in ethics.

Moral perception does not occur in isolation. Intuition and emotion may facilitate it, influence it, and be elicited by it. Audi explores the nature and variety of intuitions and their relation to both moral perception and emotion, providing the broadest and most refined statement to date of his widely discussed intuitionist view in ethics. He also distinguishes several kinds of moral disagreement and assesses the challenge it poses for ethical objectivism.

Philosophically argued but interdisciplinary in scope and interest, Moral Perception advances our understanding of central problems in ethics, moral psychology, epistemology, and the theory of the emotions.

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"[T]his excellent book furthers Audi's recent attempts to develop a modest form of moral intuitionism."Choice

"At a minimum, Moral Perception has redefined the terms of the future of the moral perception debate through brilliant attention to clear distinctions and the various ways in which moral perception must account for neighboring phenomena in aesthetics and psychology. Throughout the chapters, you can just 'see' the virtues of Audi's arguments; although to figure out how this is possible, you must still read the book."—Kevin DeLapp, Social Theory and Practice

"Thanks to the epistemological depth and the direct access to the major topics of the contemporary debate, this book enriches Audi's philosophy in a way that reasonably makes him one of the most influential moral philosophers of our time."—Simone Grigoletlo, Universa. Recensioni di Filosofia

"[H]is book proves quite interesting as he explores how moral perception relates to intuition, aesthetic perception, and emotion. . . . His analysis and discussion of how moral perception and intuition can be both rational yet non-inferential is a helpful and welcome addition to his already substantial work in epistemology."—James Taggart, Metapsychology Online Reviews

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781400846320
  • Publisher: Princeton University Press
  • Publication date: 2/21/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: Course Book
  • Pages: 200
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Robert Audi is John A. O’Brien Professor of Philosophy at the University of Notre Dame. His books include "Moral Knowledge and Ethical Character", "Moral Value and Human Diversity", "The Good in the Right" (Princeton), and "Practical Reasoning and Ethical Decision".
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xi

Introduction 1

PART ONE Perception and Moral Knowledge 5

Chapter 1 Perception: Sensory, Conceptual, and Cognitive Dimensions 7

  • I. Major Kinds of Perception 8
  • II. The Phenomenology and Content of Perception 12
  • III. The Basis of Veridical Perception 21

Chapter 2 Moral Perception: Causal, Phenomenological, and Epistemological Elements 30

  • I. The Perception of Right and Wrong 30
  • II. The Representational Character of Moral Perception 38

Chapter 3 Perception as a Direct Source of Moral Knowledge 51

  • I. Perception and Inference 51
  • II. Can Moral Perception Be Naturalized? 55
  • III. Moral Perception as a Basis of Moral Knowledge 58

PART TWO Ethical Intuition, Emotional Sensibility, and Moral Judgment 67

Chapter 4 Perceptual Grounds, Ethical Disagreement, and Moral Intuitions 69

  • I. Does Moral Disagreement Undermine Justification in Ethics? 70
  • II. The Concept of an Intuition 83
  • III. Intuitions as Apprehensions 96

Chapter 5 Moral Perception, Aesthetic Perception, and Intuitive Judgment 103

  • I. The Role of Intuition in Aesthetic Experience 103
  • II. Aesthetic and Moral Properties: Comparison and Contrast 106
  • III. The Rule-Governed Element in Ethics and Aesthetics 109
  • IV. The Reliability of Intuition 112

Chapter 6 Emotion and Intuition as Sources of Moral Judgment 121

  • I. Emotion and Intuition: Interaction and Integration 122
  • II. The Evidential Role of Emotion in Moral Matters 136

Chapter 7 The Place of Emotion and Moral Intuition in Normative Ethics 143

  • I. Emotion and Moral Intuition 143
  • II. Moral Imagination as a Nexus of Intuition, Emotion, and Perception 157
  • III. Intuition and Moral Judgment 161

Conclusion 170
Index 175

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