Moral disagreement and ethical intuitionism: Implications and allegations
The meta-ethical view of intuitionism enjoyed a rise to prominence in the early-goings of the twentieth century on the strength of powerful support from the likes of Henry Sidgwick, G.E. Moore and W.D. Ross. Its fall from grace was even more precipitous however, and the view was widely considered defunct until the very recent efforts of some leading contemporary philosophers. Chief among the causes for the downfall of intuitionism was the objection from disagreement, which continues to exert influence both in the philosophical and general communities. In this thesis, I give an analysis of the phenomenon of moral disagreement that shows both that ethical intuitionism is a less susceptible target for this objection than other meta-ethical views, and that in fact the existence of moral disagreement presents no real problem for intuitionism at all.