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Moral Intuitions: Are Philosophers Experts?


Kevin Patrick Tobia


University of Oxford - St. Hilda's College

Wesley Buckwalter


University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy

Stephen Stich


Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; University of Sheffield

September 6, 2011

Philosophical Psychology, 26(5): 629-638

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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)
University of Oxford - St. Hilda's College ( email )
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Wesley Buckwalter
University of Waterloo - Department of Philosophy ( email )
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Stephen Stich
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey ( email )
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United States
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University of Sheffield ( email )
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