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Bachelor of Arts
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
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Robert Audi’s 2005 book The Good in the Right is a formidable representative of the recently resurgent theory ethical intuitionism (EI). Its renown is not unearned; Audi has developed a novel version of EI that preserves some of the most appealing features of Rossian EI while making a few key changes that help it to stand up better to some criticisms. This paper will explore Audi’s position and articulate a variety of objections to it that, taken together, prevent it from being a serious contender on the metaethical stage. The first section will discuss some of the difficulties with Audi’s attempt to establish a plausible and coherent account of the kind of self-evidence necessary to support EI. The next section will express two objections to Audi’s views concerning the role that reflection (as opposed to inference) plays in coming to justified conclusions. The last section will argue that Audi’s attempt to lend additional support to Rossian principles on the basis of a semi-utilitarian theory of value unambiguously fails.
Yarbrough, Caleb, "A Critique of Audi's Ethical Intuitionism" (2021). Student Research Submissions. 435.