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Is Truth in Ethics Different from Truth in Science?
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of Philosophy.
2007 (English)In: Asian Hospital & Healthcare ManagementArticle in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The notion of truth (just as the notion of knowledge and justification) is the same in ethics and science. We gain moral knowledge in a way similar to how we gain scientific knowledge: we have evidence for ethical theories when they can best explain our data. However, the data in science and ethics are different. In science we rely on observation, in ethics we rely on considered moral intuitions. There is little agreement about when we should trust our ethical intuitions. It is remarkable, however, that neuroscience and psychology has recently shed new light on how our moral intuitions arise. We should ponder these data and submit our intuitions to cognitive psychotherapy. When they resist this kind of therapy, when they do not go away once we know how we have come to hold them, we are justified in relying on them — they have become considered moral intuitions. We are then justified in our moral beliefs. This means that theoretical moral knowledge is possible, at least in principle.

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truth, ethics, cognitive psychotherapy, intuitions, trolley.cases
URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-10207OAI: diva2:176726
Available from: 2007-12-21 Created: 2007-12-21 Last updated: 2011-01-11Bibliographically approved

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