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Nineteenth Century Philosophy

Intuitionism

What was William Whewell’s intuitionist moral philosophy?

Whewell (1794–1866) claimed that conscience enables direct perception of moral goodness and badness. However, he did not describe conscience as a separate moral faculty but as “reason exercised on moral subjects.” Moral rules are primary principles of reason, discoverable by reason itself. He took them to be self-evident necessary truths.



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