Ethics and Intuitions

@article{Singer2021EthicsAI,
  title={Ethics and Intuitions},
  author={Peter Singer},
  journal={The Journal of Ethics},
  year={2021},
  volume={9},
  pages={331-352}
}
  • P. Singer
  • Published 1 October 2005
  • Philosophy, Psychology
  • The Journal of Ethics
For millennia, philosophers have speculated about the origins of ethics. Recent research in evolutionary psychology and the neurosciences has shed light on that question. But this research also has normative significance. A standard way of arguing against a normative ethical theory is to show that in some circumstances the theory leads to judgments that are contrary to our common moral intuitions. If, however, these moral intuitions are the biological residue of our evolutionary history, it is… 

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