I defend the thesis that at least some moral properties can be part of the contents of experience. I argue for this claim using a contrast argument , a type of argument commonly found in the literature on the philosophy of perception. I first appeal to psychological research on what I call emotionally empathetic dysfunctional individuals ( eedi s) to establish a phenomenal contrast between eedi s and normal individuals in some moral situations. I then argue that the best explanation for this contrast, assuming non-skeptical moral realism, is that badness is represented in the normal individual’s experience but not in the eedi ’s experience. I consider and reject four alternative explanations of the contrast.
Journal of Moral Philosophy – Brill
Published: May 13, 2016
Keywords: metaethics; moral epistemology; moral perception; perception of higher-order properties; ethics; moral realism
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