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Moral Intuitions: Are Philosophers Experts?

Kevin Patrick Tobia

Yale University

Wesley Buckwalter

University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy

Stephen Stich

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

September 6, 2011

Philosophical Psychology, 26(5): 629-638

Recently psychologists and experimental philosophers have reported findings showing that in some cases ordinary people’s moral intuitions are affected by factors of dubious relevance to the truth of the content of the intuition. Some defend the use of intuition as evidence in ethics by arguing that philosophers are the experts in this area, and philosophers’ moral intuitions are both different from those of ordinary people and more reliable. We conducted two experiments indicating that philosophers and non-philosophers do indeed sometimes have different moral intuitions, but challenging the notion that philosophers have better or more reliable intuitions.

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Keywords: intuition, expertise defense, actor-observer bias

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Date posted: September 6, 2011 ; Last revised: November 27, 2013

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Tobia, Kevin Patrick and Buckwalter, Wesley and Stich, Stephen, Moral Intuitions: Are Philosophers Experts? (September 6, 2011). Philosophical Psychology, 26(5): 629-638. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1923260 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1923260

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Kevin Patrick Tobia (Contact Author)
Yale University ( email )
New Haven, CT 06520
United States
Wesley Buckwalter
University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy ( email )
200 University Avenue West
Waterloo, ON N2L 3G1
Stephen Stich
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( email )
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~stich/
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