Single Idea 8051

[catalogued under 22. Metaethics / C. Ethics Foundations / 2. Source of Ethics / c. Ethical intuitionism]

Full Idea

The introduction of the word 'intuition' by a moral philosopher is always a signal that something has gone badly wrong with an argument.

Gist of Idea

Mention of 'intuition' in morality means something has gone wrong with the argument


Alasdair MacIntyre (After Virtue: a Study in Moral Theory [1981], Ch. 6)

Book Reference

MacIntyre,Alasdair: 'After Virtue: a Study in Moral Theory' [Duckworth 1982], p.67

A Reaction

For the alternative view, see Kripke (Idea 4948). If Kripke is right about logic, I don't see why the same view should have some force in morality. At the bottom of all morality is an intuition that life is worth the struggle. How do you prove that?

Related Idea

Idea 4948 Intuition is the strongest possible evidence one can have about anything [Kripke]