Philosophical Studies

, Volume 176, Issue 6, pp 1495–1512 | Cite as

Moral perception, inference, and intuition

  • Daniel WodakEmail author


Sarah McGrath argues that moral perception has an advantage over its rivals in its ability to explain ordinary moral knowledge. I disagree. After clarifying what the moral perceptualist is and is not committed to, I argue that rival views are both more numerous and more plausible than McGrath suggests: specifically, I argue that (a) inferentialism can be defended against McGrath’s objections; (b) if her arguments against inferentialism succeed, we should accept a different rival that she neglects, intuitionism; and (c), reductive epistemologists can appeal to non-naturalist commitments to avoid McGrath’s counterexamples.


Moral epistemology Moral perception Inferentialism Intuition Reductive epistemology 



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  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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