Abhorrence and Justification

Shand, John (2010). Abhorrence and Justification. Ethical Perspectives, 17(4) pp. 516–530.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.2143/EP.17.4.0000000

URL: http://www.ethical-perspectives.be/page.php?FILE=e...


The paper explores a subclass of ethical judgements that are disturbing in that the strength of moral abhorrence generally associated with the judgements is not remotely matched by any rational moral arguments supporting those judgements, and yet we nevertheless appear to think we have no intellectual obligation to change the ethical judgments so as to accord with the degree of justification. This may stand as a warning that we should be guarded in holding our ethical beliefs since we may not be as rational as we like to think we are.

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