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One solution to the problem of moral knowledge is to claim that we can acquire it a posteriori through moral experience. But what is a moral experience? When we examine the most compelling putative cases, we find features which, I argue, are best explained by the hypothesis that moral experiences are emotions. To preempt an objection, I argue that putative cases of emotionless moral experience can be explained away. Finally, I allay the worry that emotions are an unsuitable basis for moral knowledge. I conclude that those who believe in moral experience should hold that it consists of emotion.
|Number of pages||28|
|Journal||Ethics: An International Journal of Social, Political, and Legal Philosophy|
|Early online date||1 Apr 2022|
|Publication status||Published - Apr 2022|
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Rules of the mind: Kant's inescapable ethics of belief
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